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Panthers awarded third-round draft pick


The Panthers have been awarded the 98th pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.

The selection was one of 32 compensatory picks handed out by the league Friday and was the second-highest selection awarded behind the Dolphins at No. 97. All told, 16 teams were awarded a total of 32 picks that were added to the end of rounds 3-7 as compensation for net losses in free agency the previous year. The Panthers lost cornerback Josh Norman and punter Brad Nortman in free agency last offseason while adding center Gino Gradkowski.

For the first time, compensatory picks can be traded.

Carolina now holds eight selections in the draft – the eighth pick in each of the first six rounds, the 14th pick in the seventh round and now the 34th pick in the third round.

The Panthers have been awarded 17 compensatory picks in franchise history, most recently using a pair of fifth-round choices on linebacker David Mayo and running back Cameron Artis-Payne in 2015. This is just the second time the Panthers have been awarded a third-round selection.

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