Panthers' Steve Smith: "Get Me Some Help"

Evan HigginsCorrespondent IIFebruary 14, 2010

CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 20:  Steve Smith #89 of the Carolina Panthers against the Minnesota Vikings at Bank of America Stadium on December 20, 2009 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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The Carolina Panthers' Steve Smith has called out to the team's coaching staff to get him some help on the outside.

Smith wants another fast, flashy receiver like himself on the other side. But, this is not anything out of the ordinary, as most of the team and fans would agree. 

Other than Smith, Carolina doesn't have much to offer at the receiver position. Muhsin Muhammad has been one Carolina's greats, but is getting older, and at age 36, doesn't have much to offer other than a possession receiver.

Dwayne Jarrett has shown flashes of greatness, but hasn't been able to get off the bench to show he can be a consistent option. 

The Panthers don't have a first round pick, so they'd have to wait until the second or third round to select someone who would be able to help right away. Although, unfortunately for Carolina, they also need help at the quarterback position. 

Receivers that could be available at the 16th pick of the second round are Mardy Gilyard of Cincinnati, Brandon LaFell of LSU, Golden Tate of Notre Dame, Damien Williams of USC, and Jordan Shipley of Texas.

In the later rounds, I'd also like Riley Cooper of Florida.

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My favorites are Gilyard, LaFell, and Shipley. Any of those three receivers would be great. Shipley could be a bit of a reach, but he has the potential to be an outstanding receiver. He's got the height and speed to be great at the NFL level.

With the Panthers most likely letting Julius Peppers walk into free agency and sign with another team, Carolina will have a good bit of salary cap space for this upcoming offseason.

Free agent receivers that will be available this offseason who could help the Panthers are Antonio Bryant, Kevin Walter, Vincent Jackson, Brandon Marshall, Braylon Edwards, Miles Austin, Steve Breaston, Devone Bess and Chris Chambers.

For the Panthers, letting Peppers walk will open up a lot of salary cap space. Carolina needs to add a few playmakers on offense, and a couple guys on defense, and they're not too far from great.