CHARLOTTE – The Panthers struck a trade to add young talent to their pass-rushing ranks, grabbing Texas A&M defensive end Daeshon Hall in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft.
Carolina wasn't supposed to pick until 98th overall but traded that pick along with this year's fourth-round pick (No. 115) to the Arizona Cardinals in exchange for the 77th pick that Carolina used on Hall.
"He's sticking out there and there was no way he was going to last to 98, there was no way," general manager Dave Gettleman said. "He was just too good of value. We feel he's got a lot of upside."
The 6-5, 266-pounder started opposite No. 1 overall pick Myles Garrett last season and produced 4.5 sacks and 13 tackles for loss. He led the Aggies with 12 quarterback hurries.
For his four-year career, Hall recorded 16 sacks and 36.5 tackles for loss.
"I was just hoping that someone would take a chance on me and fall in love with me when I was working out in my interview process," said Hall, who was wiping away tears as he answered questions via conference call. "It's a dream come true and I'm just ready to go get to work."
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