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Panthers agree to terms with five college free agents


CHARLOTTE – The Panthers have agreed to terms with five college free agents following the 2017 NFL Draft. Carolina also waived cornerback Tyler Patmon.

In addition to securing Clemson linebacker Ben Boulware and Mississippi State wide receiver Fred Ross, the Panthers acquired Florida defensive end Bryan Cox, Charlotte wide receiver Austin Duke and Notre Dame cornerback Cole Luke.

These agreements will not become official until each player signs his contract upon reporting to the team's rookie minicamp May 5-6.

Cox is the son of former NFL linebacker Bryan Cox, who was the defensive line coach for the Atlanta Falcons from 2014-16. He recorded 98 career tackles and 9.5 sacks.

Duke finished his career with 253 receptions for 3,437 yards and 24 receiving touchdowns for the 49ers.

Luke posted eight career interceptions and 24 passes defensed for the Fighting Irish.

Pos Name Ht Wt College
LB Ben Boulware
6-0 238 Clemson
DE Bryan Cox 6-3 265 Florida
WR Austin Duke
5-9 170 Charlotte
CB Cole Luke
5-11 198 Notre Dame
WR Fred Ross
6-1 213 Mississippi State

View photos of the five college free agents Carolina added following the 2017 NFL Draft.

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