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Monday, January 5, 2009
Here's one to keep an eye on for the draft

By Pat Yasinskas
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

University of North Carolina wide receiver Hakeem Nicks will declare for the NFL draft after his junior season, the school announced.

Obviously, there are 31 other teams that may have interest in a quality receiver, but keep a close eye on the Panthers. With Muhsin Muhammad nearing the end of his career and uncertainty about if Dwayne Jarrett ever can be a starter, the Panthers need to groom someone to play opposite Steve Smith. Beyond good tools, Nicks also would bring one import intangible to the table.

Nicks is a local guy and Panthers owner Jerry Richardson always has been enthusiastic about pursuing players from the Carolinas.