Frankly with this draft class.. I would make that trade in a heartbeat, I really would
Remember this on draft day: The most productive WR from the 2015 draft will not come from the 1st round.
That is all you need to know.
The top 64 receivers in receptions from 2014 consisted of 12 receivers who were drafted in the top 20 picks of the draft. The 64th receiver produced 47 receptions.
The top 10 receivers from 2014 consisted of 2 receivers picked in the top 20 picks of the draft.
Of the past 15 drafts, the most productive rookie receiver with at least 47 receptions came from the top 20 picks 4 times. That is a 27% success rate.
The last 10 Super Bowl Champion starting WRs (pick #/name):
1. 232 Julian Edelman
2. 78 Brandon LaFell
3. 60 Golden Tate
4. UDFA Doug Baldwin
5. 54 Anquan Boldin
6. 58 Torrey Smith
7. 29 Hakeem Nicks
8. 95 Mario Manningham
9. 213 Donald Driver
10. 52 Greg Jennings
You know what Super Bowl Championship teams have in common when it comes to drafting players in the 1st round? They take OT, DL, LB, and S. They do not take RB, FB, WR, TE, OG, C, and CB. QB is a 50/50 split among Super Bowl Champions.
The reason why is the offensive side of the ball is system based, and you do not need top end offensive talent to be a power. You need intelligent, technically sound, and consistent blockers on offense. You need top end talent, quickness, speed, and tackling on defense to be a championship caliber team.
So, let's stop trying to use the 1st round pick on a WR when you already have Cam Newton, Jonathan Stewart, Greg Olsen and Kelvin Benjamin consuming 60% of the offense. Grab a receiver in the 2nd or 3rd round to factor in to the scraps left of the offensive touches that Cotchery, Tolbert, Dickson, and Brown are fighting over. You will be just fine and history proves it.
The OT talent is lacking in this draft. So, unless one of the top 3 OTs falls to the Panthers at 25, then go BPA at DL, LB, or S with the 1st round pick. These positions will factor in to more plays over a 1000 play season for the Panthers.