NEW YORK -- The Carolina Panthers have used the top of their draft to address one of their biggest roster concerns.
The Panthers selected Florida State wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin with the 28th overall pick on Thursday night at Radio City Music Hall.
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Benjamin has the tools to be a legit No. 1 option. Standing at 6-foot-5 and 240 pounds and possessing an 83-inch wingspan, Benjamin is a jump-ball stud who presents a physical mismatch for defensive backs and linebackers.
The Panthers have no current wideouts on the roster that caught a pass for the team in 2013. Steve Smith, Ted Ginn, Brandon LaFell and Domenik Hixon all left in the offseason.
Benjamin should quickly find a spot in Carolina's starting lineup. He'll be battling for snaps with a group that includes Jerricho Cotchery, Jason Avant, Tavarres King and Marvin McNutt.
"I'm sure that Cam's not mad at me now," general manager Dave Gettleman said after selecting Benjamin on Thursday, per the Charlotte Observer.
With one hole plugged, look for the Panthers to address the Jordan Gross-sized hole on their offensive line in Day 2.
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