Panthers first to lock up No. 1 pick

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The team also signed five undrafted rookies including linebacker Ben Boulware, wide receiver Fred Ross, defensive end Bryan Cox, wide receiver Austin Duke and cornerback Cole Luke.

All drafted rookies receive four year contracts, with first round rookie Christian McCaffrey's contract including a fifth-year option that the team can exercise (like they did with Kelvin Benjamin this week).

Fantasy Impact Samuel is a speedy receiver that could be a gadget player and deep threat similar to Ted Ginn. He has "oh my gosh" speed at 4.31, as GM Dave Gettleman likes to say, and has drawn some Percy Harvin comparisons. May. "These guys have the ability to take the ball and go the distance anytime they have it in their hands".

"It's a huge advantage getting to pick his brain all of the time", McCaffrey said. "All the questions are in the meeting room so when you come out here you can play fast". Stanford is still in session until early June, and even though McCaffrey isn't enrolled this quarter, he can't return to Panthers activities until class is dismissed. "Just pick all the veterans' brain and see what I can do with that".

The Carolina Panthers made some bold moves in the 2017 National Football League draft.




McCaffrey can't wait to catch a pass from quarterback Cam Newton, whose throwing is on hold until training camp while he recovers from surgery to fix a partially torn rotator cuff.

"It was a blast", McCaffrey said of his first day. "That's what you do it for, for times like that".

Cam Newton was the first number one overall pick to sign after the new rookie wage scale was announced.

All drafted rookies sign four-year contracts, while undrafted free agents sign three-year deals. "I looked at him in the huddle and I said man it's so good to be in a huddle with you".

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