CHARLOTTE – The Panthers' newly-drafted defensive backs have put pen to paper.
"(Boston's) very smart, he can get everybody lined up. He sets a tone back there; he's a very physical player, and on top of that he has very good skills," general manager Dave Gettleman said. "He's definitely got a special teams mentality to him – that was very important for us, and we just thought he was a very good value there."
The Panthers traded up 20 spots in the fifth-round to select Benwikere and fill their need at corner.
"(Benwikere's) got excellent ball skills; he's very smart like Tre," Gettleman said. "That's important back there. Bene's going to have an opportunity to compete at the nickel spot right off the bat."
With sixth-round running back
Additionally, the Panthers signed free agent linebacker