2017 rookie minicamp roster set


CHARLOTTE – The Panthers will have 35 tryout players joining their draft picks, undrafted additions and a handful of returning players and offseason signings at rookie minicamp, which begins Friday at Bank of America Stadium.

Running back Christian McCaffrey (first round, 8th overall), wide receiver Curtis Samuel (second round, 40th overall), offensive tackle Taylor Moton (second round, 64th overall), defensive end Daeshon Hall (third round, 77th overall), cornerback Corn Elder (fifth round, 152nd overall), fullback Alex Armah (sixth round, 192nd overall) and kicker Harrison Butker (seventh round, 233rd overall) will make their debuts in Panthers gear.

So too will five college free agents: linebacker Ben Boulware, wide receiver Fred Ross, defensive end Bryan Cox, wide receiver Austin Duke and cornerback Cole Luke.

Six players who spent time on Carolina's 2016 practice squad – safety Brian Blechen, safety Travell Dixon, wide receiver Keyarris Garrett, running back Jalen Simmons, defensive tackle Eric Crume and tight end Eric Wallace – will participate, as well as four others who were signed this offseason – quarterback Garrett Gilbert, wide receiver Mose Frazier, cornerback Jeff Richards and offensive tackle Pearce Slater.

Below is a complete list of the tryout players. Last year, Carolina signed six invited tryouts to the roster. The Panthers currently have three open spots on their 90-man roster.

QBDavid Ash6-3225241Texas
Belton, Texas
LBAlex Bazzie
Silver Spring, Md.
OTMitchell Bell
6-4330241Louisiana Tech
Houston, Texas
LBZeek Bigger
6-2215241East Carolina
Gastonia, N.C.
GChris Boles6-4320241IllinoisToledo, Ohio
WRMarvin Bracy5-917023RFlorida StateOrlando, Fla.
DTTravis Britz
6-4295231Kansas State
Harrisonville, Mo.
LBHenry Coley
Virginia Beach, Va.
GDylan Colucci
6-631523RYoungstown State
Latrobe, Pa.
LSDaniel Dillon
6-3235241CampbellSanford, N.C.
FBMandel Dixon6-2240241Tulsa
Oakland, Ca.
CBMontell Garner6-1185241South Alabama
Dallas, Texas
DERyne Giddins
6-3255261South Florida
Seffner, Fla.
CEddie Gordon
6-132022RLouisiana Lafayette
Boiling Springs, S.C.
PHayden Hunt6-022023RColorado State
Long Beach, Calif.
DTDrew Iddings
6-6265241South Dakota
Rapid City, S.D.
LBRaphael Kirby
6-0235231Miami (Fla.)
Stone Mountain, Ga.
LBKyle Kragen
Danville, Calif.
SJordan Lomax5-10195231IowaFairfax, Va.
CBB.J. Lowery5-11195251Iowa
Cincinnati, Ohio
OTMiguel Machado
6-530525RMichigan State
Miami, Fla.
DEOmari Manhertz
6-326523RAmerican International
New York, N.Y.
DTGabriel Mass
6-4295261Lane CollegeJackson, Ala.
TEJake McGee
Richmond, Va.
SDamian Parms
6-2210241Florida Atlantic
Miami, Fla.
WRCameron Posey
Boca Raton, Fla.
TEJordan Powell6-324522RNew Hampshire
Forked River, N.J.
LBDarnell Sankey6-3250221Sacramento StateSan Jose, Calif.
GJake Schunke
6-5300231TowsonHackensack, N.J.
TEGannon Sinclair
6-6270241Missouri StateEden Prarie, Minn.
TEDesean Smith6-524522RLSULake Charles, La.
CAustin Stephens
6-329023RUtah StateWest Des Moines, Iowa
DEBrandon Williams
6-3255231Southern IllinoisDuQuoin, Ill.
RBDominique Williams5-9205261WagnerBridgeton, N.J.
DTTerry Williams
6-1320251East CarolinaAtlanta, Ga.

Some notes on the tryouts:

  • Defensive end Omani Manhertz is the younger brother of Panthers tight end Chris Manhertz.
  • Linebacker Kyle Kragen is the son of former Panthers defensive lineman Greg Kragen, who played for Carolina from 1995-97.
  • Wide receiver Marvin Bracy is a competitive sprinter who earned a spot on the 2016 United States Olympic team.
  • Tight end Jake McGee was one of Carolina's undrafted free agent signings following the 2016 NFL Draft.

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