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Panthers hope Kelvin Benjamin is their blue goose at No. 28

Michael Westray, Kelvin Benjamin AP

The Panthers spent the offseason watching wide receivers leave the team as free agents or with a pink slip, but they didn’t do much to address those departures with outside additions in free agency.

With their first pick in the draft, the Panthers got Cam Newton some help. Carolina made Florida State wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin the 28th pick of the 2014 Draft.

Benjamin is a much bigger target for Newton than the departed Steve Smith. Benjamin is 6-5 and 235 pounds, size that allows him to win a lot of battles in the air for passes and he could develop into a serious weapon for the team to use in the red zone. He’s not a finished product, but the Panthers will probably have him hone his rough edges on the field because there aren’t too many other options.

Panthers General Manager Dave Gettleman said before the draft that wide receiver was a big need, but one he’d pass up if a blue goose was sitting there. We’ll see if he was able to get both.

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22 Responses to “Panthers hope Kelvin Benjamin is their blue goose at No. 28”
  1. bostoncollie says: May 8, 2014 11:29 PM

    Should have taken Lee instead

  2. edelmanfanclub says: May 8, 2014 11:29 PM

    Dwayne Jarrett v.2 I hope not, but possibly.

  3. teek77 says: May 8, 2014 11:45 PM

    Panthers got the player they needed. I was afraid they would go with Lee……West Coast receivers have a poor track record in Carolina. Benjamin is a Big receiver with speed who is still young and growing. Cam shouldn’t have any problem finding him on a pass route.

  4. mackie66 says: May 8, 2014 11:49 PM

    Go Noles,,,Benjamin is a monster at WR. Ask Auburn U. ? Benjamin could be, with some coaching help, another Calvin Johnson.

  5. chazatlas says: May 8, 2014 11:51 PM

    I’ve been saying for over a month that Cam needed a TALL go-to guy for the Red Zone and that Benjamin had the size and frame that Carolina needed.

  6. saintsfan1111 says: May 8, 2014 11:55 PM

    Why not Lee?

  7. braceyourselffor12 says: May 8, 2014 11:59 PM

    Nice pick up by Carolina (from a Niner fan).

  8. dalcow4 says: May 9, 2014 12:04 AM

    Nice pick. Will help Cam by hauling in those errant passes.

  9. noladat says: May 9, 2014 12:07 AM

    Tall and slow. In the best wr draft in history they pick a 4.6 wr. Heck his 40 says he is a te!

  10. psly2124 says: May 9, 2014 12:10 AM

    Read the book muck city. About Benjamin’s high school football team. Doesn’t like to practice. Couldn’t play most if his senior year because he was to old. Was left behind a few times and has attitude problem. This kid is a walking disaster. All the talent in the world and a two cent head.

  11. corkspop says: May 9, 2014 12:28 AM

    Hope he does better than his Combine performance would predict.

  12. realfootballfan says: May 9, 2014 12:46 AM

    I love my FSU guys, but Benjamin has bust written all over him.

  13. newtonworth says: May 9, 2014 1:22 AM

    This Guy has A.Boldin written all over him.

  14. mr86ism says: May 9, 2014 1:44 AM

    Kb will be the best receiver in this draft. #notpantherfan

  15. mwcarolina says: May 9, 2014 2:21 AM

    I like Lee better, but Benjamin isn’t a bad pick and he had great size, but I still would’ve picked Lee

  16. mutantman87 says: May 9, 2014 2:22 AM

    No speed to be found anywhere at WR for the Panthers, although maybe they can find a burner late in the draft. Looks like Cam might be running for his life, though. Good thing he’s 6’6″ and 250 lbs.

  17. slammincamnewton says: May 9, 2014 2:33 AM

    Lee fell off last year, and after Dwayne Jarrett and Keary Colbert, i’m good on USC receivers. Benjamin is perfect, been saying so since before last season.

  18. linvillegorge says: May 9, 2014 2:40 AM

    Why not Lee? Keary Colbert and Dwayne Jarrett. No more USC WR busts in Carolina, please! Hell, it’s tough to name the last USC WR who wasn’t a bust. Who was it? Keyshawn Johnson? And even then, Keyshawn was nowhere close to being the best WR in that draft class despite going #1 overall.

  19. brownsmakemecrazy says: May 9, 2014 4:21 AM

    Nice pick Carolina. This guy is a beast. Nice big target. Good hands. I think u will be very happy w this pick

  20. ak18346 says: May 9, 2014 6:29 AM

    IN MR.G WE TRUST !

  21. pwebster919 says: May 9, 2014 8:31 AM

    I don’t know how I feel about this.

  22. gomybirdsgo says: May 9, 2014 8:54 AM

    I am not that big a fan of this pick. I think Carolina would have been better off selecting lee. I kinda think he would have been a better fit being that he is more complete. Still if TB can learn to run routes and gain some quickness he can be very productive

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