Barring a headline-grabbing trade, the Carolina Panthers draft weekend isn't going to offer many thrils.
But the two hours immediately after the draft are going to be a scramble in their war room, as they're going to sign a much larger than normal class of undrafted players.
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Looking at the roster at the moment, the Panthers have 56 players under contract or tender (including DE Julius Peppers), and five draft picks. If those numbers are static, they could sign 24 free agents to fill out the roster before the picks sign their contracts.
A few of those could be veterans (once some contracts are restructured), but the majority are going to be rookies who weren't chosen during the draft.
The Panthers have had some success with such players in the past, as FB Brad Hoover and RB Nick Goings have been mainstays. They've also gotten good work out of recent UDFAs such as S Quinton Teal and QB Brett Basanez.
But over the years, they've gotten many valuable parts -- and even starters -- from the most humble beginnings. Players such as OL Jamar Nesbit, CB ReggieHoward, RB Fred Lane, K David Akers, P Ken Walter, DT Tony Brown and CB Jarrett Bush got their starts in Panthers camps as undrafteds.
Partly because of finances, some of the guys they sign after the draft are going to become contributors here, and immediately. So the mad dash to sign the best of the unchosen (which actually begins before the draft ends) will be important if not interesting to the casual fan.