Panthers' Scouting Combine Preview: WR

The second day of on-field drills should be a busy day for the Carolina Panthers trying to watch running backs as well as wide receiver. These are five players the Panthers front office should pay close attention to on Saturday.

The wide receiver position is one that needs to be addressed by the Carolina Panthers this offseason, it just remains to be seen how they will address it. There are a number of option in free agency that could step in and play opposite Kelvin Benjamin and play very well. Even if the team does bring in a free agent, I would still expect they will draft a wide receiver. The caliber of free agent will dictate which round the team decides to address the need.

 

Sammie Coates

College: Auburn

Height: 6’1”

Weight: 212 lbs.

Arm Length: 33 3/8”

Hands: 9 3/8”

Notes: Sammie Coates is a big play wide receiver and could fit the mold of that player that Ron Rivera mentioned in his press conference yesterday of a guy who can make plays over the top. He averaged over 20 yards a catch while at the University of Auburn. The biggest concern with Coates, which is something that has plagued Benjamin, is too many dropped passes. NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein wrote in his scouting report, “Inexplicable focus drops in all areas of the field. Had a drop rate of 19.1 percent.”

 

Jamison Crowder

College: Duke

Height: 5’8”

Weight: 185 lbs.

Arm Length: 30 3/8”

Hands: 8 3/4”

Notes: Duke’s Jamison Crowder is the smallest wide receiver of this group and may be limited to being only a slot wide receiver at the next level. That doesn’t mean he isn’t a good football player and could be a perfect fit in the Panthers’ offense. He was an experienced returner for the Blue Devils and this where he could have the most impact in 2015.

 

Tyler Lockett

College: Kansas State

Height: 5’10”

Weight: 182 lbs.

Arm Length: 30”

Hands: 8 3/8”

Notes: Tyler Lockett is another player with incredible quickness and speed, most likely fitting best in the slot. The senior out of Tulsa, OK was very productive the past two years with a combined 187 receptions, 2,777 receiving yards and 22 touchdowns. He was a home run threat every time he touched the ball averaging 14.95 yards per reception.

 

Devin Smith

College: Ohio State

Height: 6’0”

Weight: 196 lbs.

Arm Length: 31”

Hands: 9”

Notes: Devin Smith is another speed wide receiver but has enough size to play either on the outside or the slot. If he was able to get clean off the line of scrimmage, there was not many players who could run him down as evident of his 28.2 yards per reception. Played very well down the stretch for the Ohio State Buckeyes averaging 89.6 yards per game and four touchdowns in the final three games (Big 10 Championship, Sugar Bowl, and National Championship Game).

 

Jaelen Strong

College: Arizona State

Height: 6’2”

Weight: 217 lbs.

Arm Length: 32 1/2”

Hands: 9”

Notes: Strong was very productive the last two years with the Sun Devils combining for 157 yards, 2,287 receiving yards and 17 touchdowns. He is not necessarily the fastest wide receiver but is a well-rounded player with good size and speed. If the Panthers decided to sign a slot wide receiver in free agency like Eddie Royal, a player like Strong would make sense for this offense to round out the position.

Other Prospects Worth Watching: Chris Conley (Georgia), Tre McBride (William & Mary), Dorial Green-Beckham (Missouri)

*All measurements courtesy of NFL.com unless otherwise noted.


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