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Carolina Panthers get all 7 draft picks under contract

Panthers' top pick Christian McCaffrey on his speed in shorts vs. pads

Carolina Panthers' first-round pick Christian McCaffrey, after first rookie minicamp practice, says that the "best players try to not slow down when they put the pads on."
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Carolina Panthers' first-round pick Christian McCaffrey, after first rookie minicamp practice, says that the "best players try to not slow down when they put the pads on."

Rob Rogers, who handles contracts for the Panthers, had a productive couple of days.

The Panthers had all seven of their draft picks signed Friday before the start of the second of three scheduled practices during the team’s two-day rookie minicamp.

The rookie wage scale that owners wanted in the 2011 collective bargaining agreement has simplified the process. Still, the Panthers were the first team to get all of their draft picks under contract.

First-round running back Christian McCaffrey, second-round tackle Taylor Moton and sixth-round linebacker Alex Armah signed Thursday, and the remaining four picks finalized their four-year deals Friday.

Because McCaffrey and Moton share an agent, Joel Segal, Panthers coach Ron Rivera said that helped get the ball rolling.

"It's kind of a sign of the times. Things seem to be slotted. Guys fall into place," Rivera said. "Christian and Taylor are both represented by the same guy. So it was easy for us to get that done. And once that happened the rest of them fell into place nicely for us."

The Panthers also have signed their five undrafted free agents: Clemson linebacker Ben Boulware; Mississippi State receiver Fred Ross; Charlotte wideout Austin Duke; Notre Dame cornerback Cole Luke; and Florida defensive end Bryan Cox Jr.

Joseph Person: 704-358-5123, @josephperson

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