Ranking the Panthers' Three Best Draft Picks (and Two Worst)

The Panthers traded up to draft WR Xavier Legette in the first round
The Panthers traded up to draft WR Xavier Legette in the first round / David Yeazell-USA TODAY Sports
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2. Xavier Legette - Wide Receiver, South Carolina (1st Round)

The Panthers traded up into the first round to land a bonafide No. 1 wide receiver, and Xavier Legette's physical traits make him the rare kind of prospect you can build an offense around. He's 221 pounds with a 4.39 40-yard dash and 40-inch vertical, and he'll stay close to home as he hopes to become Bryce Young's No. 1 target.

Legette broke out in 2023 with 71 catches for 1,255 yards and seven TDs. He can fly past defenders or soar to make a contested catch, with the physicality to win in tight coverage as well. For a receiving room that already includes route-running technicians Diontae Johnson and Adam Thielen, Legette brings tools that the incumbents don't have.

This guy is a baller, for lack of a better phrase. Legette will be measured up against receivers like Keon Coleman and Adonai Mitchell, though I think this is a perfect fit for Carolina's rebuilding offense.

His lack of production until 2023 is a legitimate concern, but sometimes you can just see the sky-high ceiling a prospect brings to the table. If Young is under duress and needs to throw up a jumpball, you can bet he'll look Legette's way.

With Legette and Sanders, the Panthers have a ferocious pass-catching duo to build around with Thielen and Johnson as complements.