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2017 NFL Mock Draft: Corey Davis chosen by Carolina Panthers

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With the No. 8 overall pick in the 2017 Bleeding Green Nation community mock draft, Carolina Panthers GM B-Potts selects ...

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Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan

This was an extremely difficult decision for me. The Carolina Panthers can go so many different ways with this pick. The biggest needs for this team heading into the draft, according to CBS, are RB, OT, DE, and WR. I had Leonard Fournette penciled in for this pick from the jump. However, as you can tell he went very early in our BGN mock draft, so I had to adjust my thinking a little bit. Leonard Fournette next to Cam Newton in that backfield, would be downright scary. But anyway, onto the pick:

A report came out a few days ago about how Cam Newton's confidence was shook last season. A direct quote from head coach Ron Rivera:

"He's going to have to rebuild his confidence. It was shook. Let's be honest. I'm not going to lie about that. The young man went through a tough time and we went through a tough time."

As Cam Newton goes, so do the Carolina Panthers. 2016 was a bad year for the team. The Panthers went 6-10, and Cam Newton had his worst season as a pro. He had season lows in: completion percentage- 52.9%, QBR- 53.1, and had a TD-Int ratio of 19-14....not great Cam. 2016 Stats

Carolina has some cornerstone players in place on defense: Luke Kuechly, Thomas Davis, Kawann Short, Charles Johnson, Star Lotulelei. Therefore, I have a gut feeling that I (the Panthers) will do whatever it takes to try and help Cam "regain some confidence" and draft, what I believe, is the best WR prospect in the draft.

Corey Davis is 6'3, 209 lbs, 33" arms, and 9 1/8" hands. He didn't run at the combine, but here's a link to his spider graph, shout out to our own BGN. Corey Davis finished as the all-time leader in major college football in receiving yards (5,285). Here are his 2016 stats from NFL.com: "Davis was among the nation's leading receivers as a junior (90-1,436, 12 TDs) before garnering first-team All-American honors in 2016 by ranking in the top 10 in the three major receiving categories -- 97 catches (eighth), 1,500 yards (seventh), 19 touchdowns (tied-first)." He's been Unbelievably productive for all 4 years.

Kelvin Benjamin had a Jordan Matthews-esque type season last year, going: 16 GP, 63 receptions on 118 targets for 941 yards (14.9 avg), 7 TDs. NOBODY should be sold on Devin Funchess, who had a Nelson Agholor-esque season, going: 15 GP, 23 receptions on 59 targets for 371 yards (16.1 avg), 4 TDs. The Panthers seem to have no problem taking big receivers, early in the draft, and I have a feeling we see that trend continue. As the pressure is "on" for the organization to help rebuild Cam Newton's "confidence."

2017 BGN Mock Draft Order

1) Browns (JALupowitz): Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M
2) 49ers (sports00fan00): Solomon Thomas, DE, Stanford
3) Bears (gubby): Jonathan Allen, DT, Alabama
4) Jaguars (TheWhalwing): Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU
5) Titans (drc242): Jamal Adams, S, LSU
6) Jets (boomorbust): Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State
7) Chargers (NowWhat?): Malik Hooker, S, Ohio State
8) Panthers (B-Potts): Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan
9) Bengals (Kiko’s Delivery Service):
10) Bills (jimmyrustler):
11) Saints (NotSoSlick):
12) Browns (Straight Edge Sid):
13) Cardinals (Paulie97):
14) Eagles (ablesser88):
15) Colts (mconner96):
16) Ravens (The Man, The Myth, the Matthews!):
17) Washington (kbruneault):
18) Titans (mchiodo):
19) Buccaneers (ei78):
20) Broncos (NVEaglesShark):
21) Lions (Shark Fighter):
22) Dolphins (J. Wil):
23) Giants (BigWardy59):
24) Raiders (big DUB):
25) Texans (GotFunds):
26) Seahawks (Rogmcc23):
27) Chiefs (B1G Cat):
28) Cowboys (RegalEagle):
29) Packers (Wutang_):
30) Steelers (General_Lee12): 
31) Falcons (SirJon):
32) Saints (Huffs_cellmate):