Oklahoma Sooners cornerback Zack Sanchez headed to Carolina

Sanchez selected in the fifth round by the defending NFC champions

Oklahoma Sooners cornerback Zack Sanchez was picked by the Carolina Panthers on Saturday in the fifth round of the 2016 NFL Draft.

He was the 141st overall pick and the 22nd cornerback selected in the draft after foregoing his final season with the Sooners.

Carolina recently lost superstar cornerback Josh Norman, when the team didn’t sign him to a franchise offer. Sanchez was the fourth cornerback Carolina selected in the draft.

As a three-year starter at Oklahoma, Sanchez picked off 15 passes and had 134 total tackles. He broke up 28 career passes. Sanchez saw a jump in tackles for loss and interceptions in every year at Oklahoma, and he started 37 games during his career.

In his final year at Oklahoma, Sanchez was a Jim Thorpe Award semifinalist. He was a second team All-American by multiple publications. He was a back-to-back All-Big 12 first team selection before deciding to leave Oklahoma early for the NFL Draft.

Sanchez finished in the top 10 nationally in each of the last two years in interceptions.

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