The Panthers have perhaps the worst receiving corps on paper in the NFL. They're hoping first-round pick Kelvin Benjamin can alleviate those concerns.
With no veteran capable of being a go-to receiver on the roster, Carolina is prepping the 6-foot-5 rookie like a No. 1 wideout.
"We've done some things defensively to put him in situations where he's being jammed, where he's being pressed, he's being doubled, he's being rolled to," coach Ron Rivera said Friday, via ESPN. "He's going to have to get used to it."
By all accounts, Benjamin has had an outstanding offseason. At 6’5”, he should be a big factor in the red zone, and given the turnover in the Panther receiving corps, he’s walking into a huge role in the passing game. As a group, rookie receivers don’t live up to fantasy expectations, but Benjamin’s 9th round ADP is reasonable for a player with his upside, though it's heading into the 8th round. We still like him as an upside pick at that point in the draft.