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Panthers draft cornerback Keith Taylor in fifth round

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CHARLOTTE — With the 166th pick, the Panthers selected Washington cornerback Keith Taylor Jr. in the fifth round of the NFL draft on Saturday.

Taylor is Carolina's second defensive back selection of the draft, coming after South Carolina's Jaycee Horn in the first round. The 6-foot-2, 187-pound Taylor started all 13 games in the 2019 season, recording a career-high nine tackles against Hawaii.

He started all four of the Huskies' games in 2020, making nine stops and breaking up one pass.

"I kind of had a little bit of a feeling that the Panthers might take me," he said. "But you never know."

Taylor said that one of his career goals is to intercept a pass from Tom Brady. He'll certainly get that chance now, facing off against the legend as a member of another NFC South team.

Taylor has no prior connections to the Panthers, but says he's excited nonetheless. "I'm a new face," he said. "It's gonna be something new for me. So I can't wait to get started."

A native of Long Beach, Ca., Taylor attended this year's Senior Bowl in Alabama.

See photos of Keith Taylor during his time at Washington from 2017-20.

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