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Five things to know about Zack Sanchez

1. He has nose for the ball

The Carolina secondary adopted the nickname "Thieves Ave." after leading the league in takeaways during the 2015 season, so Sanchez should feel right at home. The Oklahoma product recorded 15 interceptions in three seasons with Oklahoma, not to mention 28 pass breakups in 37 games.

2. He's stronger than you'd expect

Scouts may note his small frame, but Sanchez is among the strongest corners in this year's draft class. At the Scouting Combine, he posted 19 bench press reps, third most among defensive backs.

3. He's an instinctual player

Sanchez's production in the Big 12 is eye-popping, and he credits his instincts, which give him a natural feel for the game.

"There's things obviously I still need to work on and fix," Sanchez said. "But I was born with the ability to make plays and have better instincts than a lot of guys."

4. He's reuniting with Daryl Williams

Sanchez and Panthers offensive tackle Daryl Williams (Carolina's fourth-round draft choice in 2015) played together at Oklahoma for three years.

"We have the same agent, and I've known Daryl since I stepped foot at (University of Oklahoma)," Sanchez said. "He's always been a real cool guy and a really nice guy and a real good teammate. So, I know Daryl pretty well."

5. He was a productive wideout in high school

Perhaps Sanchez's ball-hawking ability stems from his experience on the other side of the ball. Sanchez played both ways in high school, and he posted 45 receptions for 994 yards and 13 touchdowns as a senior. The Texas native also picked off nine passes that year.

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