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NFL draft: Carolina Panthers’ selection, round 5, pick 141 (from Browns) — Zack Sanchez

Former Oklahoma cornerback Zack Sanchez, the Carolina Panthers fifth-round pick, is a ball-hawk who intercepted 13 passes over the past two seasons.
Former Oklahoma cornerback Zack Sanchez, the Carolina Panthers fifth-round pick, is a ball-hawk who intercepted 13 passes over the past two seasons. Getty Images

Zach Sanchez

Ht.: 5-11. Wt.: 185.

Position: Cornerback

College: Oklahoma

What he offers: Sanchez is a ball-hawk who intercepted 13 passes over the past two seasons. His seven picks in 2015 tied for fifth nationally. Sanchez was not afraid to gamble, and sometimes paid for his mistakes.

Worth mentioning: Sanchez admits he needs to improve his tackling and run-support skills, which Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott prioritizes. ... Sanchez was a college teammate of Panthers OL Daryl Williams, a fourth-round pick from Oklahoma last year.

Bet you didn’t know: Sanchez did 19 reps in the pro bench (225 pounds) at the combine, a total that tied for the second-highest among all cornerbacks.

What they’re saying: “He's instinctive. I think when you get into the fourth or fifth rounds, and find a cornerback with some instincts, this is a great pick,” – NFL Network’s Mike Mayock.

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