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Panthers nab starting WR in ESPN’s 7-round mock draft

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By: Anthony Rizzuti

ESPN NFL draft analyst and insider Matt Miller did the Lord’s work this week, and he’s blessed the Carolina Panthers in the process.

Miller’s seven-round 2024 mock draft was released on Wednesday. To begin his spring collection for Carolina, he projects University of South Carolina wideout Xavier Legette as the 33rd overall pick:

One nugget I’ve heard from multiple NFL scouts since the Senior Bowl is that the Panthers love this wide receiver class and believe they will be able to add a rookie starter at No. 33. The Panthers sent 10 people to the South Carolina pro day, and Legette’s 4.39 speed at 6-1 and 221 pounds is perfect for slant routes — which would in turn help quarterback Bryce Young get the ball out faster in 2024.

Legette delivered a nugget himself just two weeks ago at his pro day.

“A lot of coaches came and hollered at me before and after this process here,” the Mullins, S.C. native said of the Panthers. “They say they got a buzz in their facility for me and I’m just ready to see where I’ma land.”

The big 6-foot-1, 221-pounder ended his time for the Gamecocks on a high note—reeling in 71 receptions for 1,255 yards and seven touchdowns. Legette’s efforts earned him a second-team All-SEC selection.

To round out Carolina’s haul, Miller mocked the following prospects to join Legette:

  • No. 39: OT Kingsley Suamataia (BYU)
  • No. 65: DE Chris Braswell (Alabama)
  • No. 101: RB Braelon Allen (Wisconsin)
  • No. 141: CB Jarrian Jones (Florida State)
  • No. 142: DT Justin Eboigbe (Alabama)
  • No. 240: WR Jordan Whittington (Texas)

Originally posted on Panthers Wire