5 UDFAs Who Will Make the Carolina Panthers’ 53-Man Roster

5 UDFAs Who Will Make the Carolina Panthers' 53-Man Roster

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After a successful draft weekend, the Carolina Panthers invited several undrafted free agents to rookie mini-camp to help fill out their roster. Here are five players who will crack the 53-man roster in Carolina before their season kicks off.

5. TE - Joel Murphy

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5. TE - Joel Murphy

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Joel Murphy could find a roster spot in Carolina by filling the role recently vacated with the departure of TE Ben Hartsock. Known for his blocking prowess, Murphy is brilliant at opening up holes and engaging his blocks to the second level with ease. Not known for his hands, Murphy is still a very capable receiver who could be a great red zone target (6-foot-6) in sub-packages. He will find a home on the practice squad early on.

4. OT - David Foucault

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4. OT - David Foucault

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David Foucault out of The University of Montreal is an intriguing prospect. Images of Thor flash in front of you when the 6-foot-8, 320-pound tackle is standing on the sideline. Still very raw, his size and nastiness will at the very least have him stashed on the practice squad. He is a mean force once the ball is snapped and locks onto his defenders like a magnet. He will have to lower his center of gravity, as he plays a little too high.

3. OL - Andrew Norwell

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3. OL - Andrew Norwell

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At 6-foot-6 and 315-pounds, Andrew Norwell is an intimidating, gritty and physical guard out of Ohio State. The offensive line in Carolina has a lot of question marks, so Norwell will have a shot at the 53-man roster. He is flexible enough to play inside or outside at tackle, though his style of play will best suit him at guard. Sporting a blue-collar attitude, Norwell looks to establish the point of attack and dominate in the trenches.

2. LB/S - Denicos Allen

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2. LB/S - Denicos Allen

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Carolina’s defense is their calling card, so in order for Michigan State’s Denicos Allen to stick, he will have to begin on special teams. Allen is a tweener in that he is undersized as a three-down linebacker and not athletic enough to play safety full-time. The kid jumps off film, though, and brings the thunder when he hits. His nose for the ball and non-stop motor create opportunities all over the field. Carolina will find a way to use him.

1. WR - Corey Brown

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1. WR - Corey Brown

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Corey Brown has good game speed and very quick feet. His presence will likely be felt immediately as a kick returner, but he could fill the role of fifth receiver with a good camp. Brown was Ohio State’s top receiver the past two seasons, and we all know the lack of depth at wide receiver in Carolina. He flashed good hands this past weekend at the rookie mini-camp, so if he keeps up the hard work, he should find a slot amongst the lucky 53.


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