News Blitz 4/30: Rounds 4-7, free agents news & links

Here is your post-2017 draft wrap-up and summary of Panthers news and story links.

In the fifth round the Panthers selected Miami cornerback Corn Elder.

The sixth round had the Panthers selecting Fullback Alex Armah from West Georgia. Though drafted as a fullback, Armah is a multidimensional player who started as linebacker, switched to defensive end and has also played tight end.

In the seventh round the Panthers made team history by doing what most fantasy-league GMs do: they drafted a kicker. Harrison Butker is the first kicker to be drafted by the Panthers in the team’s history. Graham Gano struggled in the 2016 season and while Butker poses little risk to Gano’s job it should send a clear message. USA Today Panthers Wire disagrees.

Running list of free agent signings: Charlotte Observer and USA Today Panthers Wire.

Panthers.com:

Panthers draft Corn Elder in fifth round
Panthers draft Alex Armah in sixth round
Panthers draft Harrison Butker in seventh round
Ben Boulware, Fred Ross added as undrafted free agents

Carolina Huddle:

A user proposes an attempt at a depth chart

Charlotte Observer:

Kelvin Benjamin shows up to workouts ‘a little heavy,’ Panthers coach Ron Rivera says
Panthers’ offense goes from B-movie bust to ‘Fast and Furious’ blockbuster smash

USA Today Panthers Wire – warning some of the links load with auto-playing video:

Panthers 2017 draft class earns perfect ‘A’ grade from Draft Wire
Panthers 2017 undrafted free agent signings tracker
Panthers 2017 NFL draft class: Re-capping each pick
Panthers pick Georgia Tech K Harrison Butker at No. 233
Analysis: Harrison Butker could kick Graham Gano out of Carolina
Analysis: Small school prospect Alex Armah might fill Mike Tolbert role
The Roaring Riot’s own Bryan Palmese: Analysis: Panthers improve secondary with selection of Corn Elder

(Also, there are several highlight videos of draft picks and free agents at USA Today Panthers Wire)

Reddit.com/r/panthers:

Discussion: Say Hello to your 2017 Carolina Panthers Draft Class

Look for our full podcast with a complete Draft review on Monday, May 1st. News Blitzes are produced as news breaks.

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