Panthers sign DT Irvin

The Carolina Panthers completed a contract with a draft pick on Monday and expanded their defensive line in the process with the signing of third-round draft choice (93rd overall) Corvey Irvin from Georgia.

A 6-3, 302-pound defensive tackle, Irvin spent two seasons at Georgia after transferring from Georgia Military College. He played in 26 games with 10 starts for the Bulldogs and compiled 48 tackles, 11 tackles for losses, three sacks, six quarterback pressures and one forced fumble.

Irvin, who excelled in short-yardage situations, started the final 10 games at left defensive tackle as a senior in 2008 following a season-ending injury to Jeff Owens. He posted 34 tackles, 8.5 tackles for losses, three sacks, five quarterback pressures and one forced fumble.

With six days remaining before players report for the start of training camp, the Panthers have signed five of their seven draft picks. Irvin joins running back Mike Goodson, fullback Tony Fiammetta, guard Duke Robinson and cornerback Captain Munnerlyn. Carolina's unsigned draft choices are second rounders Everette Brown and Sherrod Martin.

Also, the Panthers have waived defensive tackle Justin Kershaw and safety Anthony Scirrotto. Kershaw played at Michigan State and Scirrotto attended Penn State. They had been signed as undrafted college free agents after the NFL Draft on May 1.

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