Panthers agree to terms with four undrafted rookies

Elijah Holyfield

CHARLOTTE – The Panthers followed up their draft selections by agreeing to terms to four undrafted free agents. The deals will become official when the players sign their contracts upon reporting for rookie minicamp May 10.

RB Elijah Holyfield: The son of former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield made a name for himself this past season, topping 1,000 rushing yards for the University of Georgia. A 4.78 40-yard dash at the combine hurt his stock, but most thought he would be drafted. When he wasn’t, the Panthers pounced to sign one of the hardest-charging ballcarriers in the draft class.

S Corrion Ballard: The 6-foot-3, 200-pounder split time between the safety spots in 2018 and was honorable mention All-PAC-12. Ballard followed in the footsteps of some famous Panthers (Steve Smith, Jordan Gross) by starting for two years at the University of Utah after two years at Blinn College, where Cam Newton once played.

WR Damion Jeanpiere Jr.: A three-year starter at Nichols State, the 6-foot-1, 185-pounder ranks second in school history with 2,324 receiving yards. He’s a breakaway threat, averaging 18.2 yards on 128 receptions while scoring 14 touchdowns along the way. Jeanpiere also has experience as a punt returner.

LB Jordan Kunaszyk: A tackling machine with a nose for the ball, Kunaszyk racked up 148 tackles as a senior to rank eighth in Cal history with 273 (Ron Rivera is fifth with 336). Kunaszyk enjoyed a 22-tackle game against UCLA as a senior and finished his career with 18 tackles for loss including 7.5 sacks, as well as four interceptions and six forced fumbles.

VIew photos of Carolina's four undrafted additions: running back Eliah Holyfield, safety Corrion Ballard, linebacker Jordan Kunaszyk and wide receiver Damion Jeanpiere Jr.

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