CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Panthers signed 10 undrafted free agents after Saturday’s draft. Here’s a closer look at each player.
LB Brian Blechen: The Panthers list the 6-foot-2, 210-pounder from Utah as a linebacker, but he played safety in college. He’s a big hitter and athletic. He was suspended for three games in 2012, reportedly for failing multiple drug tests for marijuana.
WR Damiere Byrd: The Panthers didn’t get a blazing-speed wide receiver in the draft, but they got one in South Carolina’s Byrd. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.28 seconds on grass during his pro day. Grass-timed 40s historically are slower than turf times. His biggest drawback is size. He’s 5-9, 173 pounds.
DT Darious Cummings: This 6-1, 310-pounder started 10 games last season, but missed the final game after being suspended for violating team rules. He also was suspended prior to the first game for violating team rules. While on the field he had 45 tackles, eight for loss.
S Dean Marlowe: Versatility is the strength of this 6-1, 203-pounder from James Madison. He can play deep, in the box and in the slot. He’s an aggressive player that loves to hit.
DE Arthur Miley: This 6-5, 263-pounder from Southern impressed some scouts with his drill work at his pro day. He’s big and athletic. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.81 seconds prior to the draft.
DE Steve Miller: This 6-3, 256-pounder started four years for Ohio State. He had 34 tackles -- 6.5 for loss -- and one sack this past season. He returned an interception 41 yards for a touchdown in the College Football Playoff semifinals against Alabama.
CB Garry Peters: This 6-foot, 190-pounder from Clemson has the body type the Panthers are seeking. He had 12.5 tackles for loss the past two seasons, so he plays well close to the line of scrimmage. He just lacks elite speed.
DT Terry Redden: This 6-2, 292-pounder from Memphis is a run-stuffer, anchoring the line for a unit that ranked 11th in scoring defense in 2014. Had 31 career starts with 19 tackles for loss.
RB Brandon Wegher: He is a former Iowa and Oklahoma player who went on to become an NAIA record holder at Morningside College. He reportedly left Iowa for "personal reasons." He had a custody suit filed against him during that time. He was declared ineligible at Oklahoma before he got a chance to play. He rushed for 2,680 yards and 39 touchdowns this past season at Morningside.
Note: These players will join Carolina’s five draft picks, several qualifying players from the current roster, as well as 25-35 invited tryout players for a Friday-Saturday minicamp.