Panthers sign two more draft picks

Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

The Panthers made progress with their draft picks Thursday, signing third-round choice Dan Connor and seventh-round pick Hilee Taylor. Third-round pick Charles Godfrey and seventh-round choice Geoff Schwartz are closing in on deals that could be signed in the next few days.

General manager Marty Hurney, who has avoided holdouts through most of his Carolina tenure, said he's optimistic he can get first-round picks Jonathan Stewart and Jeff Otah signed before the start of training camp on July 26.