West Virginia CB Daryl Worley Will Find Immediate Competition on NFL's Carolina Panthers

Carolina let star defensive back Josh Norman go after unsuccessful contract negotiations, but that doesn't mean the way is totally clear for newly-drafted West Virginia cornerback Daryl Worley.

After allowing star cornerback Josh Norman to depart the team, the Carolina Panthers were clearly going to be in acquisition mode during the NFL Draft. That fact, plus an already crowded roster, means West Virginia's Daryl Worley will have some bodies to claw past in order to make an impression on the Panthers' coaching staff. While not all of the current active members of the roster are expected to be around come training camp, the Super Bowl runners-up have six corners listed on their current roster -- and that doesn't include draftee James Bradberry, who was selected in the second round with the 62nd overall pick.

A trio of four-year veterans, Brandon Boykin, Robert McClain and Teddy Williams head the list, followed by two-year player Bene Benwikere and  one-year performers Travell Dixon and Lou Young.  Benwikere, McClain and Williams were on the roster last year, while young spent most of the year on the practice squad.

Both Bradberry and Worley are bigger corners who should fit well in Carolina's zone coverage schemes.

That the Panthers really liked Worley is without question. Carolina traded up 16 spots to select the Mountaineer junior, sending  third- (93 overall) fourth- (129) and fifth-round (168) selections in this year's draft to Cleveland in order to make sure they could snag Worley. 

Worley was listed as a potential target of interest for Carolina in the days leading up to the draft, and he went at the top of the list of names rumored to be connected to the Panthers, including Virginia Tech's Kendall Fuller, who went to Washington with the 84th pick.

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