SS/LB Jeremy Cash – Duke
It is very surprising that Jeremy Cash out of Duke went undrafted this year. Cash was a top talent at the safety position in the NCAA being an All-American in 2015 and the ACC Defensive Player of the Year. Cash can definitely play with the best of them. Jeremy Cash will make this Carolina Panther team with the amount of tools he brings to his game.
As I said, Cash played safety in college but the Panthers have him listed as a linebacker. I would say it is a similar situation to when linebacker Thomas Davis was first drafted by the team. The Panthers will need to add some pounds to Cash during the off season if they look for him to play linebacker but with his frame that’s more than doable.
I believe that they will look for Cash to play a sort of hybrid role similar to Seattle’s Kam Chancellor where the majority of his play would be spent in the box from the safety position.
Cash should also look to make special teams his best friend, if he can show he can actively contribute to the special teams unit I see no reason why Cash shouldn’t make this team. If he were to make the 53-man roster that is definitely where most of his time would be spent.
WR Keyarris Garrett – Tulsa
Competing with Cash for the top overall UDFA is none other than Panthers UDFA Keyarris Garrett. Garrett is an interesting prospect, while leading the entire NCAA in receiving yards you would think a team would have gave him a chance with a draft pick.
However this obviously did not happen, and Garrett slipped all the way out of the draft. Route running is probably his biggest knock but even receivers drafted in the first round had the same problem if not worse than Garrett. The Panthers have one of the best receiver coaches in the NFL in Ricky Prohel who should be able to get Garrett on the right path with his routes.
There is no knocking his drive. Garrett has come out and said plenty of times that he aims to show everyone who passed on him, why he is the best receiver in this draft class. He has the college stats to prove that now let’s see if he can live up to his talk. Unlike Cash, Garrett isn’t going to be a special team guy, if he makes this team it will be because he has shown the coaching staff he has the ability to contribute to this receiving core.
It is more than likely that the Panthers will keep five or six receivers this year with three locks to make the team in Kelvin Benjamin, Devin Funchess, and Ted Ginn Jr.. That leaves Garrett, Philly Brown, Brenton Bersin and Kevin Norwood battling for the remaining two spots. The Panthers will give Garrett the opportunity to show that he can make an immediate Week 1 impact.
WR Jenson Stoshak – FAU
Another receiver joining Keyarris Garrett on the UDFA list is Jenson Stoshak out of Florida Atlantic. Stoshak is my dark horse to make the team out of this rookie class. Unlike Garrett, Stoshak will have a much harder road to making the 53-man roster. While Garrett has already picked up a little fan base with his pretty stats, Stoshak has been able to woo the fans with his superb hands and videos of him catching footballs one handed while simultaneously doing a backflip.
However he’ll need more than that to make this Carolina team.
Stoshak has improved every year since entering FAU and is a worker, which shows on the field. Stoshak doesn’t have the size that Garrett and other Panthers receivers have but what he lacks in size he makes up for in his competitiveness and route running skills.
If he can prove he has the ability to get open catch the ball and make plays Stoshak could very well find himself getting playtime or at the very least on the Panthers practice squad.