C3 is taking a look at 10 WRs that the Panthers could and should be targeting in the upcoming Draft. We will Chronicle 10 guys (or Cats) and give you some little known information on them.
This is not a ranking based on talent nor production. This is who I see as the best fits for what the Panthers want and need to do to add juice to the Panthers Offense in 2015 and beyond. And we will get these in prior to the Combine that begins on Feb. 20.
There are four players that I did not include in my list as I just don’t see them either being there or I don’t see them as “Panther-type players. Those four are: Amari Cooper, Kevin White, DeVante Parker (who I don’t see as available at Pick 28) and I left out DGB as I don’t see anyway the Panthers take the risk with this young man.
I see the Panthers needing speed, good route running, ability make plays (whether that be YAC or elusiveness) and Special Teams ability. I also look for players that are willing and able blockers both in the run-game and down field. The more of these traits a player has, the higher on my list they will end up. And I have to admit that the Combine could reshuffle this order, so I will put out a revised ranking after the Combine. The next Cat that I look to Chronicle is out of Florida State:
Rashad Greene WR FSU 6’0 /180 lbs.
Why he is a good fit:
Coming in at #4 is arguably the best route-runner in the draft. He is the Florida State All-Time leading receiver and had 99 receptions for 1,365 yards. He was Benjamin’s teammate in 2013 and was actually better than Benjamin that year. Don’t underestimate that chemistry and his experience on the big stage. I also liked that he played with Jameis Winston, who like Cam is a mobile and strong-armed QB.
He reminds me of a more athletic Ricky Proehl. They are virtually the same size and excelled at being a great route-runner and dependable hands. Guess where Proehl was drafted? Pick 58 in 1990. I’d love to see the Panthers take Greene at Pick 57. Some say he may be there in Round 3, but I’m not so sure.
Things he needs to work on:
Ideally we’d like to have a 4.4 guy and Greene is not that. And ideally you’d like someone a little bigger. But again, he just knows how to play the game and would be a sure-handed addition to a Receiving Corps that can use it.
Something you might not know:
Greene was also a track athlete in High School and was a standout in the 200 and 400 meters. His team won the State Championship in Florida in the relay. Greene had a better career at FSU than current Panther Kelvin Benjamin. He finished his career with 270 receptions for 3,830 yards and 29 TDs. That is impressive.
Rashad Greene is a great athlete that runs impeccable routes. He also has great hands and would look great being reunited with his old FSU teammate. If he ran in the 4.4s and or weighted 15 lbs heavier, he’d be a 1st Round lock. But I am targeting him as great value at Pick #57.
What are your thoughts Panther fans? Leave your comments below.