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5 Worst-Case Scenarios for Carolina Panthers’ First-Round Draft Pick

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5 Worst-Case Scenarios for Carolina Panthers' First-Round Draft Pick

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Carolina parted ways with a handful of receivers (Steve Smith, Brandon Lafell, Ted Ginn Jr.), CB Captain Munnerlyn and OT Jordan Gross (retired). The Panthers will be looking to fill one of those holes with the No. 28 overall pick, so let's look at five scenarios Ron Rivera and company should try and avoid in the first round of the 2014 NFL draft.

5. Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia

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5. Morgan Moses, OT, Virgina

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Jordan Gross is now retired, so Carolina is in the market for an offensive tackle. I wouldn't necessarily call Morgan Moses a "worst-case scenario", but there are better solutions. Moses' big frame gives him trouble containing smaller guys who hurry after the quarterback. He's got the size and strength to excel, but he will be a project in development. There are more NFL-ready tackles in this year's draft. ND State's Billy Tuner, for example.

4. Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State

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4. Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State

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After the departure of so many receivers, Carolina will be looking for a long-term candidate at the wideout position. Allen Robinson is simply not their guy. He lacks elite speed to cover for the absence of Steve Smith and Ted Ginn Jr. Robinson has size, so if the Panthers are after a bigger guy, waiting on Vanderbilt's big and speedy Jordan Matthews in the second round could be ideal.

3. Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama

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3. Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama

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Kouandjio is definitely NFL-ready. However, health issues have played a significant role in his career, and with injury comes risk. Just to stay safe, grabbing Tennessee's Ja'Wuan James would probably be a better option in the first round. He's another guy that could be NFL-ready after a little work at training camp. If not, again, North Dakota State's Billy Turner could be a special pick in one of the following rounds.

2. Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech

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2. Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech

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Carolina will likely target a cornerback in this year's draft after parting ways with Captain Munnerlyn. Kyle Fuller could make out as a nice defensive back in the NFL, but his strength and man-to-man coverage skills are limited. If the Panthers do decide to go after a CB in the first round, TCU's Jason Verrett could be a great candidate at No. 28.

1. Cody Latimer, WR, Indiana

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1. Cody Latimer, WR, Indiana

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I fully expect Carolina to pursue a WR in the first round. Latimer has shot up draft boards and if the Panthers do decide to target a speedy receiver at No. 28, selecting the playmaking ability of Oregon State's Brandin Cooks or USC's Marqise Lee would be much better, if available. Either Cooks or Lee would be an outstanding replacement for Steve Smith. Drafting Cody Latimer in the first round would be a bad move by the Carolina Panthers.