Charles Davis: I Don’t See How Panthers Pass On Cooks Or Beckham Jr.
Charles Davis, from Fox Sports and the NFL Network, gets up early on the west coast to break down the Panthers draft, with a heavy focus on the wide receiver position, with Mac and Jim.
On the wide receiver draft class: I think you could get a receiver in any round that could ultimately be productive in the NFL, because of what we’re doing in college football. Forget college, heck, what we’re doing in Pop Warner. We’re developing wide receivers at an unbelievable rate. We’re having trouble keeping up with people who can cover them.
On the Panthers wide receivers: I just don’t think you can continue to piece meal things and hope they work out down the road. If you’ve got a chance to draft a guy, Brandin Cooks or Odell Beckham Jr., I don’t know how you can pass on guys like that. I don’t think you have to be a football savant to think there’s a screaming need for the Carolina Panthers. Personally, if there’s a chance, I’d spend more than one pick on a receiver.
On Brandin Cooks: He is built like a slot guy. Great kid, full of confidence, you turn on the tape and you see the production, you see the play. He was a true number one receiver. He’s a good route runner, excellent hands, good toughness, but can he be an outside receiver like Steve Smith was? Steve really was an outside receiver, but this kid, I see him more as a slot. That’s where you get a little bit of pause. If you’re drafting a number one receiver, you’re not typically drafting a slot, although I think with a quarterback like Cam Newton a slot receiver is essential.
On left tackle: You can find a starting left tackle at , I think. If you decide you like Joe Bitonio from Nevada, as a left tackle rather than as a guard, because I think he fits both spots. I think he could still be there.