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No prospect screams "WR1" to me after cursory glance

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The 2018 wide receiver class has some prospects,  don't get me wrong,  but from what I've seen thus far,  only Calvin Ridley is a first rounder.  He looks to be the most polished route runner with decent speed.  

I know some people have been saying Christian Kirk would be a nice addition,  and he might,  but he's a speed merchant first and foremost. Not saying that he can't master the whole route tree, but open space is where he will probably shine the brightest.  

It's early still,  and I haven't looked at any small school prospects,  but I'm thinking that nabbing one of the guys in FA is almost mandatory (and I could almost care less who it is, after looking at the draft class). 

If I were being honest,  at this point the guy that most excites me is Parrish Campbell. The thing is though, he is another hybrid that didn't play WR exclusively.  

This class is suspect in my opinion. I see second and third round material at best who could of course develop into more, but I don't see day-one starters (or draftees except maybe for Ridley). 

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Don't draft one. Sign a vet. I want Donte Moncreif, cheaper than some of the other names with high potential.

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Ignoring the outlier season of 2014, rookie WR's rarely contribute much. I'd rather the Panthers work on developing Funchess and Samuel and sign a couple veterans to fill out the WR group.

Unlike WRs, RBs tend to have some of their best seasons as a rookie. A bruising RB to replace Stewart in the first round would be A-OK with me.

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1 minute ago, top dawg said:

The 2018 wide receiver class has some prospects,  don't get me wrong,  but from what I've seen thus far,  only Calvin Ridley is a first rounder.  He looks to be the most polished route runner with decent speed.  

I know some people have been saying Christian Kirk would be a nice addition,  and he might,  but he's a speed merchant first and foremost. Not saying that he can't master the whole route tree, but open space is where he will probably shine the brightest.  

It's early still,  and I haven't looked at any small school prospects,  but I'm thinking that nabbing one of the guys in FA is almost mandatory (and I could almost care less who it is, after looking at the draft class). 

If I were being honest,  at this point the guy that most excites me is Parrish Campbell. The thing is though, he is another hybrid that didn't play WR exclusively.  

This class is suspect in my opinion. I see second and third round material at best who could of course develop into more, but I don't see day-one starters (or draftees except maybe for Ridley). 

And therein lies the conundrum.  This staff needs day one starters as I'm sure they are thinking they don't have time to develop one.   So what do you do?  

 

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Somehow, Pittsburgh will identify the best guy and draft him with their 6th round pick and he'll be a future All-Pro.

 

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I'm intrigued by Cortland Sutton. He's got a few inches on Ridley and seems like he may be about the same speed as Ridley (projected 40 of 4.51 vs 4.48 for Ridley). But yeah, if neither Ridley nor Sutton are available at 24, I think you gotta grab someone else in round 1 (maybe a DB) or try to trade up to grab one of the two.

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Just now, dldove77 said:

Somehow, Pittsburgh will identify the best guy and draft him with their 6th round pick and he'll be a future All-Pro.

 

I think if I we're Ron I would have a spy following their wr scout everywhere.

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Just now, Jon Snow said:

I think if I we're Ron I would have a spy following their wr scout everywhere.

This is a great first step. The next step is hiring/kidnapping the scout. 

In all seriousness, WR-needy teams should be backing up the Brinks truck to that scout.

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A lot of folks are sleeping on unanimous all American James Washington. 3 straight 1,000 yard seasons. Gets good separation although he does not look fast. Uses his body well. 

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4 minutes ago, hepcat said:

 I'd rather the Panthers work on developing Funchess and Samuel and sign a couple veterans to fill out the WR group.

 

The sooner this organzation sees Funchess and Samuel for what they are and not what they hope to be the better off we’ll be.

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1 minute ago, Swaggasaurus said:

A lot of folks are sleeping on unanimous all American James Washington. 3 straight 1,000 yard seasons. Gets good separation although he does not look fast. Uses his body well. 

Some scouts think that his teammate has more upside. 

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From what I see of Ridley, I'd be happy with taking him at 24. He will be a guy who can get open at will and actually have significant separation... Haven't had a guy like that since Smitty.

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Just now, thomas96 said:

From what I see of Ridley, I'd be happy with taking him at 24. He will be a guy who can get open at will and actually have significant separation... Haven't had a guy like that since Smitty.

Problem is I don't think he's lasting until 24. But you never know...

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Just now, thomas96 said:

From what I see of Ridley, I'd be happy with taking him at 24. He will be a guy who can get open at will and actually have significant separation... Haven't had a guy like that since Smitty.

He won't last.  Not even a question in my mind. 

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