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May 12, 2014

Todd McShay on Kelvin Benjamin, Panthers' failure to draft a tackle

ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay said three teams came out of the draft failing to address a glaring need -- Cleveland and Kansas City didn't draft a wide receiver, and the Carolina Panthers didn't take an offensive tackle.

And McShay doesn't have a problem with that.

"I've tried to make the point several times, that's OK. If you chase needs and try to plug holes all the time in the draft, you wind up getting yourself in trouble," McShay said Monday during a conference call. "Carolina's trying to do the right thing."

With the top four tackles off the board after the first 16 picks, the Panthers stuck with their plan to draft a receiver.

They thought Florida State's Kelvin Benjamin would be available at No. 28. When he was, GM Dave Gettleman took about a minute getting the pick in.

"I had Kelvin Benjamin rated a little lower, but I completely understand this fit," McShay said. "You've got a quarterback in Cam Newton that can put the ball up, he can drive it down the field vertically and he throws a pretty good fade route and is able to put his receivers in position to go up, elevate and make a play on the ball."

Benjamin's size -- he's 6-5 and 240 pounds -- also will be beneficial when Newton extends plays and is looking for receivers downfield. McShay said Benjamin caught a lot of passes from Jameis Winston on scramble plays at Florida State.

But McShay said Benjamin needs some polish.

"Benjamin's going to drop passes. He has some maturing to do. And he has to learn how to separate better," McShay said. "But he right away is going to provide a red-zone threat, and hopefully for their sake he's going to be a vertical play-maker."

--Joseph Person

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Comments

it would all look a lot better with smith and gross on board.

and dude would not have retired if they had offered him ANY incentive to keep playing.

Posted by: charlottean | May 12, 2014 12:21:56 PM

The problem with not addressing needs in the draft is that you also didn't address those needs in free agency. Thus, your needs are not addressed at all.

Posted by: authority | May 12, 2014 12:43:56 PM

not our best draft, not good given the disaster of a free agency we've had.

Posted by: tony clifton | May 12, 2014 12:50:46 PM

Release the Kraken!!!

Posted by: The Kraken | May 12, 2014 1:43:53 PM

Release the Benjamin!!!

Posted by: The Benjamin | May 12, 2014 1:47:17 PM

This was a good draft Value wise, sure we didn't fill some of our needs like OT but we addressed plenty of others with good value picks we addressed three areas O-line, Secondary, and WR.

We got our WR of the future which was my favorite pick KB! Then we addressed our secondary with a S in Boston, and Bene at CB (I really like Bene pick). Then we got a big nasty hogmollie G in Turner to fill our hole at Guard and should step right in and play right away.

I would have took Moses over Ealy in the 2nd to fill that OT hole but I trust their evaluation of the players on the roster and Ealy was a 1st round graded DE and gives us awesome depth at DE including while Alexander is suspended.

The only glaring hole we walked out of the draft with was OT but people will have to pull their draft blinders off that the media is feeding them just cause we didn't take a tackle to see that will filled plenty of needs and that after the first 4 OT came off the board the quality dropped significantly at OT. Overall satisfied with this draft.

Posted by: catfan | May 12, 2014 2:01:30 PM

Could have been worst, and reached for an OT, instead they stuck to the board,and at that point KB made too much sense. Now im not super hyped about the draft as a hole seeing how we didnt add any speed on offense, but we got better as far as depth and value. KB will take time,but by year 3 he we be a hell of a WR.

Posted by: jman | May 12, 2014 2:44:05 PM

it's all about the Benjamin(s)!

Posted by: Rick B. | May 12, 2014 3:20:19 PM

On one knows how well our picks or any of the other can't miss picks will play until we put them into action. We may have drafted the next pro-bowler or not. I'm anxious to see them in NFL action instead of stressing about their paper action.

Posted by: Chuck | May 12, 2014 3:26:57 PM

We definitely need speed. And Miles Austin, although gentlemen won't sign him, is still sitting there. Other than that, for a reigning NFL South champ, I think the Panther nation will actually surprise people and perhaps has the best chance in the last 15 years than any other team to repeat!

Posted by: Big Rob | May 12, 2014 5:24:41 PM

I think the true knock on Ben-jam-in is going to be that he's 24 years old. That's not too good for longevity.

Posted by: Big Rob | May 12, 2014 5:27:08 PM

it would all look a lot better with smith and gross on board.

and dude would not have retired if they had offered him ANY incentive to keep playing.

Posted by: charlottean | May 12, 2014 12:21:56 PM

The problem with not addressing needs in the draft is that you also didn't address those needs in free agency. Thus, your needs are not addressed at all.

Posted by: authority | May 12, 2014 12:43:56 PM

not our best draft, not good given the disaster of a free agency we've had.

Posted by: tony clifton | May 12, 2014 12:50:46 PM

Release the Kraken!!!

Posted by: The Kraken | May 12, 2014 1:43:53 PM

Release the Benjamin!!!

Posted by: The Benjamin | May 12, 2014 1:47:17 PM

This was a good draft Value wise, sure we didn't fill some of our needs like OT but we addressed plenty of others with good value picks we addressed three areas O-line, Secondary, and WR.

We got our WR of the future which was my favorite pick KB! Then we addressed our secondary with a S in Boston, and Bene at CB (I really like Bene pick). Then we got a big nasty hogmollie G in Turner to fill our hole at Guard and should step right in and play right away.

I would have took Moses over Ealy in the 2nd to fill that OT hole but I trust their evaluation of the players on the roster and Ealy was a 1st round graded DE and gives us awesome depth at DE including while Alexander is suspended.

The only glaring hole we walked out of the draft with was OT but people will have to pull their draft blinders off that the media is feeding them just cause we didn't take a tackle to see that will filled plenty of needs and that after the first 4 OT came off the board the quality dropped significantly at OT. Overall satisfied with this draft.

Posted by: catfan | May 12, 2014 2:01:30 PM

Could have been worst, and reached for an OT, instead they stuck to the board,and at that point KB made too much sense. Now im not super hyped about the draft as a hole seeing how we didnt add any speed on offense, but we got better as far as depth and value. KB will take time,but by year 3 he we be a hell of a WR.

Posted by: jman | May 12, 2014 2:44:05 PM

it's all about the Benjamin(s)!

Posted by: Rick B. | May 12, 2014 3:20:19 PM

On one knows how well our picks or any of the other can't miss picks will play until we put them into action. We may have drafted the next pro-bowler or not. I'm anxious to see them in NFL action instead of stressing about their paper action.

Posted by: Chuck | May 12, 2014 3:26:57 PM

We definitely need speed. And Miles Austin, although gentlemen won't sign him, is still sitting there. Other than that, for a reigning NFL South champ, I think the Panther nation will actually surprise people and perhaps has the best chance in the last 15 years than any other team to repeat!

Posted by: Big Rob | May 12, 2014 5:24:41 PM

I think the true knock on Ben-jam-in is going to be that he's 24 years old. That's not too good for longevity.

Posted by: Big Rob | May 12, 2014 5:27:08 PM

What?

Posted by: fredlinson | May 12, 2014 7:46:26 PM

you don't reach for needs in the draft.

you also don't cut future hall of famers or trade 3x pro bowlers under the age of 30 for 7th round picks to create unnecessary needs coming off of a 12-4 season where 2 of the losses were the result of bad coaching.


so i guess we're looking at barner or pilares as the return man. with no munnerlyn or smith safety net for critical PR situations. and praying a tackle with something left comes up in someones dumpster.

let's also note that if byron bell turns out to have a great year this year..........he'll be an unrestricted free agent next year.


you love getting a guy like ealy in the 2nd round. you don't love having ridiculous depth at certain positions and having nate chandler and byron bell penciled in as your starting tackles. it's as if he's doing all the right things for 2015 while completely giving up on 2014.

Posted by: charlottean | May 12, 2014 9:48:22 PM

Without an Offensive Tackle, GETTLEMAN is going to get CAM NEWTON KILLED(HURT) APPROXIMATELY TWO WEEKS AFTER THE SEASON STARTS.
C. Johnson, last year, showed some wear and tear and injuries. The 2014 NFL Schedule for THE Panthers will be rough(they made the PLAYOFF).

Posted by: sHEDRICK WILLIAMS | May 12, 2014 10:03:30 PM

Free Agency, NFL Draft and Undrafted Rookie Class … not a single Offensive Tackle. How does that happen? Why not play the number’s game? Simple logic ... the more OT’s you bring in, the better chance you have at finding a player that can contribute. The Panthers of all teams should know that (Byron Bell – Undrafted). I’d be curious to know if there are any other teams in the NFL who as of today, went the entire offseason without adding a single body at OT. I don’t think you will find one. Even teams that are set at OT are probably smart enough to add a body or two at that position. Not bringing in a single OT is inexcusable for a team that’s this thin at the position.

Posted by: Michael Regina | May 13, 2014 11:26:07 AM

Now it's time to really release the Kraken! Good bye.

Posted by: Aaron | May 13, 2014 3:20:53 PM

greg hardy, way to go man. way to go.

Posted by: tony clifton | May 13, 2014 5:13:54 PM

The problem with not addressing needs in the draft is that you also didn't address those needs in free agency. Thus, your needs are not addressed at all.
The last few years The Panthers have picked up free-agents that helped the team after final cuts. This year should be no different @LOT.......

Posted by: William Aaron Berry II | May 14, 2014 8:13:27 PM

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