2017 rookie minicamp roster set

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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.

TRYOUT PLAYERS
Pos Name Ht Wt Age Exp College Hometown
QB David Ash 6-3 225 24 1 Texas
Belton, Texas
LB Alex Bazzie
6-2 240 26 1 Marshall
Silver Spring, Md.
OT Mitchell Bell
6-4 330 24 1 Louisiana Tech
Houston, Texas
LB Zeek Bigger
6-2 215 24 1 East Carolina
Gastonia, N.C.
G Chris Boles 6-4 320 24 1 Illinois Toledo, Ohio
WR Marvin Bracy 5-9 170 23 R Florida State Orlando, Fla.
DT Travis Britz
6-4 295 23 1 Kansas State
Harrisonville, Mo.
LB Henry Coley
6-2 240 25 R Virginia
Virginia Beach, Va.
G Dylan Colucci
6-6 315 23 R Youngstown State
Latrobe, Pa.
LS Daniel Dillon
6-3 235 24 1 Campbell Sanford, N.C.
FB Mandel Dixon 6-2 240 24 1 Tulsa
Oakland, Ca.
CB Montell Garner 6-1 185 24 1 South Alabama
Dallas, Texas
DE Ryne Giddins
6-3 255 26 1 South Florida
Seffner, Fla.
C Eddie Gordon
6-1 320 22 R Louisiana Lafayette
Boiling Springs, S.C.
P Hayden Hunt 6-0 220 23 R Colorado State
Long Beach, Calif.
DT Drew Iddings
6-6 265 24 1 South Dakota
Rapid City, S.D.
LB Raphael Kirby
6-0 235 23 1 Miami (Fla.)
Stone Mountain, Ga.
LB Kyle Kragen
6-3 255 24 1 California
Danville, Calif.
S Jordan Lomax 5-10 195 23 1 Iowa Fairfax, Va.
CB B.J. Lowery 5-11 195 25 1 Iowa
Cincinnati, Ohio
OT Miguel Machado
6-5 305 25 R Michigan State
Miami, Fla.
DE Omari Manhertz
6-3 265 23 R American International
New York, N.Y.
DT Gabriel Mass
6-4 295 26 1 Lane College Jackson, Ala.
TE Jake McGee
6-5 250 25 1 Florida
Richmond, Va.
S Damian Parms
6-2 210 24 1 Florida Atlantic
Miami, Fla.
WR Cameron Posey
6-1 185 23 R Purdue
Boca Raton, Fla.
TE Jordan Powell 6-3 245 22 R New Hampshire
Forked River, N.J.
LB Darnell Sankey 6-3 250 22 1 Sacramento State San Jose, Calif.
G Jake Schunke
6-5 300 23 1 Towson Hackensack, N.J.
TE Gannon Sinclair
6-6 270 24 1 Missouri State Eden Prarie, Minn.
TE Desean Smith 6-5 245 22 R LSU Lake Charles, La.
C Austin Stephens
6-3 290 23 R Utah State West Des Moines, Iowa
DE Brandon Williams
6-3 255 23 1 Southern Illinois DuQuoin, Ill.
RB Dominique Williams 5-9 205 26 1 Wagner Bridgeton, N.J.
DT Terry Williams
6-1 320 25 1 East Carolina Atlanta, 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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