The Carolina Panthers swapped second round picks and sent their third and sixth round picks to the St. Louis Rams to move up 16 spots to select Michigan’s wide receiver Devin Funchess. Similar to the Panthers’ first round pick, Shaq Thompson, Funchess is a versatile pass catcher who has played a number of positions. He spent time at the collegiate level playing wide receiver as well as tight end.
The first thing you notice with Funchess is his size, standing 6-4 and 232 pounds, he will provide a big target for Cam Newton who can go up and get those jump balls. The team now has three offensive weapons for Cam Newton standing over 6-5 with Funchess joining last year’s first round pick Kelvin Benjamin and tight end Greg Olsen.
Last season with the Wolverines, Funchess caught 62 receptions for 733 receiving yards but only four touchdowns. These numbers should be a reflection more on the Wolverine’s quarterback situation and not necessarily Funchess’ abilities or talent.
This the third wide receiver the Panthers have added this offseason after the team signed free agents Ted Ginn Jr. and Jarrett Boykin. It is clear this position has been a focus this offseason and it is clear the team coveted Funchess. By moving up, the Panthers traded away their third round pick and unless they make another trade will be done for Day 2.