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Thursday, March 6, 2014
McShay Mock 3.0: Panthers

By Matt Williamson

Todd McShay’s third 2014 NFL mock draft for 2014 is out on ESPN Insider today.

There might not be a team that is in store for a rougher offseason than the Carolina Panthers. After placing the franchise tag on Greg Hardy, Carolina has plenty of salary-cap issues. Look at what defensive backs, wide receivers and offensive linemen (now minus the retired Jordan Gross) are presently under contract for the 2014 season ... and these weren’t strong areas last season. Carolina is going to have to be very aggressive and thorough in all three of these areas on draft day. McShay had the Panthers selecting receiver Kelvin Benjamin in his second mock.

Whom does McShay have the Panthers drafting at No. 28? Let's take a look Insider:

McShay: Carolina Panthers -- WR Kelvin Benjamin, Florida State

The Panthers need to solidify their offensive line, especially at the left tackle spot with Jordan Gross' retirement, so I think if [offensive tackle Morgan] Moses drops here he'd be the pick. But there isn't a great value at this point, and they need receiver help as well. We have a second-round grade on Benjamin, but he's tempting because of his size and catch radius. He wouldn't have to run too many routes early on to have an impact, as you could create plenty of mismatches for him. He'd be a great red-zone weapon for Cam Newton.