The 2017 NFL Draft is complete and the Carolina Panthers have already landed a few coveted undrafted free agents. NFL teams start trying to sign these UDFAs the second the draft ends, and sometimes even sooner, although all of the moves typically won't officially be announced for a few days.
While most UDFAs end up being little more than camp bodies, there are players that make the 53-man roster each season. The prospects all went undrafted for a reason, but they all have the potential to make it in the NFL in some role. And sometimes, teams strike gold with an Arian Foster or Tony Romo.
We have every player the Panthers have signed below. We've also included a brief write-up about the more notable additions.
Ben Boulware, LB, Clemson
Dylan Colucci, OL, Youngstown State
Bryan Cox, Jr., DE, Florida
Austin Duke, WR, Charlotte
Eddie Gordon, OL, Louisiana-Lafayette
Cole Luke, CB, Notre Dame
Fred Ross, WR, Mississippi State
Austin Stephens, OL, Utah State
It's a tiny group for the Panthers, but there are some notable names. Ben Boulware might be the biggest, following a good year for Clemson. He wasn't drafted because of his lack of size and speed, but he might be able to latch onto a roster if he can prove himself on special teams.
Cox fits well in the Panthers 4-3 defense and he could end up as a future backup. He has the ability to move inside on passing downs and given the age of the Panthers current DEs, he could end up on the practice squad.
Luke has some decent size, but a poor 40 time at his Pro Day likely ruined his chances of being drafted. Still, he has top-tier college experience and could develop into a backup in a zone scheme.
Not the Panthers need more of it after their draft, but Fred Ross has some return value. He was Dak Prescott's favorite target at Mississippi State, but he's with the Panthers. He might not make the roster, but he'll have a shot to end up as a backup.Back to the Carolina Panthers Newsfeed