We haven't been as neglectful of the WR position as many Panthers fans like to act. We've just had a bunch of guys not work out.
Going back to '04, we've drafted:
Keary Colbert - 2cd round (bust)
Dwayne Jarrett - 2cd round (bust)
Ryne Robinson - 4th round (bust)
Brandon LaFell - 3rd round
Armanti Edwards - 3rd round (bust)
Kealoha Pilares - 5th round (bust, if you can even call a 5th rounder a bust)
Joe Adams - 4th round (bust)
That's 7 guys since '04 drafted in the 5th round or higher. The only real notable things we can point out are that we haven't spent a 1st rounder on a WR during this time frame and we haven't spent a 2cd rounder on a WR since '07. I don't think our WR issues are due to lack of investment in the position but a breakdown of scouting, drafting, and/or development of talent. If you draft 7 guys in the first 5 rounds of the draft in a 10 year period, you should have a solid WR corps. Maybe not world beaters, but you should be able to have a competent WR corps. Instead, there's only 2 WRs currently on our roster that we've actually drafted. Only 1 of those guys is among those 7 guys we've drafted since '04. That's pathetic.
Offensive tackle on the other hand... well, that's a different story. In that same time frame, we've drafted the following at OT:
Travelle Wharton - 3rd round (has primarly played OG, so I'm not even sure he should even count here but he did play LT at SC and did fill in at OT for us so I'll include him)
Joe Berger - 6th round
Rashad Butler - 3rd round (bust)
Jeff Schwartz - 7th round
Lee Ziemba - 7th round
That's what real neglect of a position looks like right there. 2006 was the last time we spent a 3rd round pick or higher on an OT and we've only selected 2 OTs since then, both 7th round picks.
With that said, those picks are a sunk cost and made by a former GM. It's time for Gettleman to invest some high picks into this offense. We've done enough defensive building right now unless an absolute stud of a DB who is by head and shoulders the best player on our board falls into our lap.