NFL Mock Draft 2014: Carolina Panthers Select Odell Beckham, Jr.

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With the twenty-eighth overall pick in the 2014 Canal Street Chronicles community mock draft, the Carolina Panthers (represented by Ryan Edwards) select...

Odell Beckham, Jr., WR, LSU

Once again, the NFC South has a new champion. In twelve years, the NFC South has never had a repeat champion, so the odds are against the Carolina Panthers prevailing above this tough division. Since they do have work to do at some key positions, the draft will be a critical moment for a team that hopes to fill some major holes.

In 2013, the Carolina Panthers managed to break a streak of four consecutive seasons of eight wins or less by winning the NFC South with an impressive 12-4 record. So what do they do to the roster? They let the TOP 4 wide receivers, the best cornerback, and both starting safeties leave the team. Long time starting tackle Jordan Gross retires, adding to a list of holes that a top team in the NFL has suddenly developed in one short and painful offseason.

The shocking part is that this 12-4 team from a year ago has plenty of ways that they can go in the first round to "build upon" last season. But the obvious hole at wide receiver can not be ignored. So in this draft, the Panthers have to take Odell Beckham Jr with the 28th overall pick.

There are currently eight guys at the wide receiver position in Carolina. Of those eight guys, the combined total of catches made by them in a Carolina uniform in 2013 is ZERO. That's right. ZERO. Steve Smith, Brandon Lafell, Ted Ginn, and Domenik Hixon had 156 catches combined as Panthers in 2013. They are all gone. While the Panthers have brought in veterans like Jerricho Cotchery, Jason Avant, and Tiquan Underwood, none of those guys offer the play making ability of an Odell Beckham.  If a team is to literally start from scratch at wide receiver, the team has to take that position in round 1 of the draft.

With five wide receivers off of the board at this point (Watkins, Evans, Lee, Cooks, Benjamin), the Panthers actually land a guy who fits their needs quite well.

Ted Ginn was not only a deep threat for the Panthers, but also their kick and punt returner. By letting him go to Arizona, the Panthers open up a hole at the return position, which is a spot that Beckham can easily fill. His contributions to special teams and the wide receiver position make him a perfect fit for a team that is obviously rebuilding the talent at wide receiver for Cam Newton.

The Panthers do need to add an offensive tackle and a cornerback to a roster that still has a very strong front seven on defense and a disruptive playmaker at quarterback. But at this point, it's hard to find a better impact player for years to come in the first round than the super talented Odell Beckham. He could possibly end up being their next Steve Smith. (Ugh, I really hope I am wrong)

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Thanks to all the CSC members who participated in this year's community mock draft. Without your help, none of this would be possible.

Below are the complete results from our community mock draft.

Catch up with all of the mock draft selections in our 2014 CSC Community Mock Draft Hub.

Pick Team Selection Team Representative Approval Rating
1 Houston Texans QB Teddy Bridgewater - Louisville
Tee Word 30%
2 St. Louis Rams DE Jadeveon Clowney - South Carolina Kevin Sean Held 57%
3 Jacksonville Jaguars QB Johnny Manziel - Texas A&M Alex Swift 59%
4 Cleveland Browns WR Sammy Watkins - Clemson Shadow Flash 80%
5 Oakland Raiders LB Khalil Mack - Buffalo Khannar 71%
6 Atlanta Falcons OT Greg Robinson - Auburn Dave Choate 80%
7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Blake Bortles - UCF russty 31%
8 Minnesota Vikings CB Justin Gilbert - Oklahoma St. JackMarzullo 50%
9 Buffalo Bills OT Jake Matthews - Texas A&M Letloosethedogsofwar 88%
10 Detroit Lions WR Mike Evans - Texas A&M Monkey Poop Battle 49%
11 Tennessee Titans LB Anthony Barr - UCLA Lostastic 60%
12 NY Giants TE Eric Ebron - UNC Khannar 78%
13 St. Louis Rams S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix - Alabama hooahsaint2.0 74%
14 Chicago Bears NT Aaron Donald - Pittsburgh BlackandGold4ever 82%
15 Pittsburgh Steelers NT Louis Nix III - Notre Dame saintmanumit 36%
16 Dallas Cowboys DE Kony Ealy - Missouri Ryan Edwards 63%
17 Baltimore Ravens OT Taylor Lewan - Michigan Tee Word 66%
18 NY Jets CB Darqueze Dennard - Michigan State Monkey Poop Battle 62%
19 Miami Dolphins OL Zack Martin - Notre Dame Letloosethedogsofwar 74%
20 Arizona Cardinals QB Derek Carr - Fresno State Alex Swift 72%
21 Green Bay Packers S Calvin Pryor - Louisville BlackandGold4ever 81%
22 Philadelphia Eagles WR Marqise Lee - USC organictallman 66%
23 Kansas City Chiefs WR Brandin Cooks - Oregon St. coldpizza 72%
24 Cincinnati Bengals DT Ra'Shede Hageman - Minnesota coldpizza
25 San Diego Chargers WR Kelvin Benjamin - Florida St. Lostastic
26 Cleveland Browns ILB C.J. Mosley - Alabama Shadow Flash
27 New Orleans Saints CB Kyle Fuller - Virginia Tech Dave Cariello
28 Carolina Panthers WR Odell Beckham, Jr. - LSU Ryan Edwards
29 New England Patriots
Shadow Flash
30 San Francisco 49ers
saintmanumit
31 Denver Broncos
Alex Swift
32 Seattle Seahawks
saintmanumit
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