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6-10, 4th in NFC South

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Not often Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman will talk about an undrafted free agent before the entire list is out, but he made an exception Saturday night with Clemson linebacker Ben Boulware. "He's instinctive. He's tough. He will tag your fanny. He's smart. He's all the stuff we're looking for.'' But Gettleman still took a kicker from Georgia Tech in the seventh round and made Boulware an undrafted free agent.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

A list of players the Panthers have signed as undrafted free agents so far: Ben Boulware, LB, Clemson Fred Ross, WR, Mississippi State Cole Luke, CB, Notre Dame Bryan Cox Jr., DE, Florida Dylan Colucci, OL, Youngstown State Robert Barber, DT, Washington State Austin Duke, WR, UNC-Charlotte

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

With the Bills letting general manager Doug Whaley go don't be surprised if coach Sean McDermott makes a push for Panthers assistant general manager Brandon Beane. He has a relationship with Beane from his years with Carolina. Beane was a candidate for the San Francisco job this offseason.

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David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman confirmed that Mississippi wide receiver John Ross and Clemson linebacker Ben Boulware signed as undrafted free agents. More to come. But those are two good ones.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman on Clemson linebacker Ben Bouleware, signed as an undrafted free agent; "Instinctive, tough ... things we look for." Coach Ron Rivera is excited about working with him.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said reports that wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin was almost 280 pounds was wrong. He admitted Benjamin is a little overweight and expressed a little concern as he did a few years ago with the former Florida State star. .

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers coach Ron Rivera texted quarterback Cam Newton after selecting Christian McCaffrey in the first round and Curtis Samuel on the second. He said Newton was excited about the playmakers added around him. He should be.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers first round pick Christian McCaffrey will miss some time in offseason workouts because of Stanford's quarter system. He will be here this week for a rookie minicamp and in June for a mandatory three-day minicamp. Can you say Skype?

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman said he took kicker Harrison Butker in the seventh round because he was concerned another team would take him. This was a move to create competition for Graham Gano.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman said every single player drafted by Carolina was high character.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Say what you want about the Panthers selecting a kicker in the seventh round, but Georgia Tech's Harrison Butker has the best Twitter handle of any of their seven draft picks. Not even Miami cornerback Corn (@AIR_CORN23) Elder can top @buttkicker87.

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After missing 17 kicks through his first three seasons, Harrison Butker missed just two as a senior, posting a field goal percentage of 88.2.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers seventh-round pick Harrison Butker will graduate from Georgia Tech next Saturday with a degree in engineering. He should be finished with a rookie minicamp next week in time to walk. If you want to know more, he is a former tuba player.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Here are the Panthers' 2017 draft picks: 1. Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford; 2. Curtis Samuel, WR, Ohio State; 2. Taylor Moton, OT, Western Michigan; 3. Daeshon Hall, DE, Texas A&M; 5. Corn Elder, CB, Miami; 6. Alex Armah, FB, West Georgia; 7. Harrison Butker, PK, Georgia Tech.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

And with their last pick of the 2017 NFL draft, the 233rd overall pick, the Panthers select Georgia Tech kicker Harrison Butker. Graham Gano had an off year and is coming off foot surgery, so this will be the competition general manager Dave Gettleman keeps talking about. Butker is only the second kicker drafted by the Panthers in team history.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Redskins sixth-round pick Robert Davis is cousins with Carolina linebacker Thomas Davis. Robert Davis said his cousins has always harped on "right from wrong" with him. "He's been in my corner the whole time," Robert Davis said. "He kept me motivated."

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Alex Armah wasn't just a fullback at West Georgia. He also played tight end and defensive end, racking up 25 tackles (5.5 for loss) and a forced fumble on defense in 2016. He became the first player in Gulf South Conference history to be named all-conference on both offense and defense.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

The Panthers worked Alex Armah out of West Georgia as a fullback even though he didn't play that in college, where he was a tight end and defensive end. He could replace fullback Mike Tolbert, now with Buffalo, Definitely has the size at 6-2, 253.

Team Stats

Passing Yards230.3Tied-21st
Rushing Yards113.410th
Points For23.115th
Points Against25.126th

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