The night before the Carolina Panthers open their rookie minicamp the team announced they were able to sign their fifth-round pick, Zack Sanchez. The former Oklahoma Sooner is the fourth rookie to sign his contract, leaving first-round pick Vernon Butler as the last player to sign.
Sanchez was the third cornerback the Panthers selected in this past draft and he is expected to compete for the starting cornerback job opposite Bene Benwikere. He will be competing against two other rookie cornerbacks, James Bradberry and Daryl Worley.
However, Sanchez seems to be a long shot as he appears to be more suited to play nickelback in this defense. That position is currently manned by Brandon Boykin but he only is under contract through the 2016 season.
In his three seasons at the collegiate level, Sanchez developed a reputation as a ballhawk with 15 interceptions, including seven in his final season with Oklahoma. This plays right into this defense's strength of forcing interceptions as they led the league last year in that category with 24.