Is Brandon LaFell Ready To Start for the Carolina Panthers?

Jonathan MaurerCorrespondent IIMay 27, 2010

ORLANDO, FL - JANUARY 1: Brandon LaFell #1 and Stevan Ridley #34 of the LSU Tigers celebrate after Ridley scored a touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Penn State Nittany Lions during the 2010 Capital One Bowl at the Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium on January 1, 2010 in Orlando, Florida. Penn State won 19-17. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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The Carolina Panthers had an excellent draft, selecting Jimmy Clausen (though I don't think they needed him) Brandon LaFell, Armanti Edwards, and Eric Norwood.

You may look at those picks and say that the most interesting player is Clausen. But the one more likely to start is third round pick LaFell.

Lafell's competition is former Appalachia State QB and third round pick Edwards, and Dwayne Jarret, who is entering his fourth year in the league and has been a big disappointment so far. 

LaFell is very talented, but is he really ready to take the No. 2 role?

Roy Williams is also very talented, but as a Bleacher Report writer by the name of Phutger Goin said, "Roy Williams would drop his hands if they weren't attached to his wrists!"

I bring Williams up because I have heard LaFell has problems with dropping passes. If the Panthers are to trust LaFell with the No. 2 spot then he must rid himself of that habit or his job will be taken away quickly.  

Plus, it's a little hard not to start LaFell when you have one receiver who's new to the position and another who has been so inconsistent you may not even want him to be the third receiver.

I would sign a veteran such as Terrell Owens to put at the No. 2 spot. But as the Panthers displayed by not re-signing wide receiver Muhsin Muhammad, they seem to be trying to get younger.