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Carolina Panthers Show Interest in Wide Receiver Corey Coleman

The Carolina Panthers have shown interest in wide receiver Corey Coleman and are expected to take a closer look prior to the NFL Draft.

While the wide receiver position may not be a pressing need, there is certainly room for improvement for the Carolina Panthers. This is why it makes sense the team would bring Corey Coleman in for a visit and/or workout according to NFL Network's Rand Getlin.

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During Super Bowl 50, it was clear that the Panthers' wide receivers were outmatched against the Broncos' defensive backs, struggling to create space and make the necessary plays to help move the offense. However, the offense is getting back their first round pick from 2014, Kelvin Benjamin, this season after he missed all of last year due to a torn ACL.

Even with Benjamin back, the front office could be looking to add more weapons for quarterback Cam Newton and a player like Coleman would make sense.

The former Baylor Tiger wide receiver is not the typical wide receiver the Panthers have targeted as he is only 5'11" but has exceptional speed and could replace a wide receiver like Ted Ginn Jr. in the future. He didn't run the 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine but at Baylor's Pro Day ran a 4.40 40-yard dash.

He was able to use that speed in Baylor's high octane offense to catch 74 passes for 1,363 receiving yards and 20 touchdowns. He won the Biletnikoff award after the season, which is given to the top wide receiver in college. 

The biggest knock on Coleman, aside from his lack of height, is the fact that he has a tendency to drop passes, as Rob Rang's scouting report notes. This could be a major concern if teams want to use Coleman as a slot receiver because he would be expected to make plays over the middle of the field in traffic.

Scout ranks Coleman as the second best wide receiver in this class and 22nd overall however there is a chance the Baylor wide receiver could slide into the latter half of the first round.

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