Todd McShay has Panthers drafting another Christian in first round
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By David NewtonESPN Staff Writer

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Carolina Panthers could draft a Christian in the first round for the second straight year, according to the latest mock draft by ESPN’s Todd McShay.

McShay has the Panthers, who drafted Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey with the eighth pick a year ago, selecting Texas A&M wide receiver Christian Kirk at No. 24.

Wide receiver definitely is the biggest need for the Panthers heading into the offseason, although that could change if 38-year-old defensive end Julius Peppers retires.

Devin Funchess inherited the No. 1 receiver spot last season after the Panthers traded 2014 first-round pick Kelvin Benjamin to Buffalo for a third- and seventh-round pick. He never lived up to the billing, although a nagging shoulder injury was a factor.

Kirk would be a dynamic piece to add to Cam Newton's arsenal. He had 234 catches for 2,856 yards and 26 touchdowns in three seasons for the Aggies. He had 71 catches for 919 yards and 10 touchdowns this past season.

He also is a dynamic player in the return game, returning six punts and one kickoff for touchdowns during the last three...



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