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April 27, 2013

List of undrafted rookie free agents set to sign with Panthers

After their five draft picks were in the books Saturday night, the free-agent feeding frenzy began. 

The Panthers had 72 players on their roster after drafting Oregon RB Kenjon Barner, leaving them with 18 open rosters spots.

General manager Dave Gettleman said the team could wait until mid-July before filling the remaining spots. 

Twitter was abuzz Saturday night once Mr. Irrelevant was named with undrafted free agents signing with teams across the league. Below is the list of players reported to be signing with Carolina.

Gettleman showed the Panthers were committed to getting bigger in the trenches, using the first three picks on defensive and offensive linemen that totaled more than 900 pounds together. Though the team didn't bring in a wide receiver, safety, cornerback or tight end in the draft, the Panthers filled those needs in what's known as Round 8.

Perhaps the biggest name on the list is Alabama safety Robert Lester. He started in 40 of his 48 career games with the Crimson Tide, switching from free to strong safety in his junior season. 

In four years with Alabama, Lester won three national titles and tallied 14 interceptions. 

(Note: These signings were either reported by news outlets close to the player, the agent of the player or tweeted by the player himself. An official team release will likely come Monday.)

Michigan DE Craig Roh
South Carolina LB Damario Jeffery
Alabama S Robert Lester
Louisiana Tech QB Colby Cameron
Rice TE Taylor Cook
Louisiana Lafayette CB Melvin White
Penn State FB Michael Zordich
Jacksonville State G Tori Mobley
Sam Houston State WR Trey Diller
William & Mary DL Bryan Jean-Pierre
Wheaton OT Jesse Peterson
Georgia Tech LS Tyler Morgan
USC DE/OLB Wes Horton
Abilene Christian K Morgan Lineberry
Colorado State P Pete Kontodiakos
Wofford FB Eric Breitenstein
San Jose State WR Michael Avila (Was at Panthers training camp last season)

--Jonathan Jones

Posted by Observer Sports on April 27, 2013 at 09:28 PM | Permalink


I think we are in great shape. Considering the cap room, and sticking to the plan. We just where we should be.

Posted by: IdealPathill | Apr 27, 2013 10:00:10 PM

Lester could contribute at FS. Not a hitter, but Godfrey could play that role at SS. Lester's got good size and can be a decent center fielder. Good hands and makes a lot of plays on the ball. Great pick up!

Posted by: jrguyiii | Apr 27, 2013 10:23:39 PM

It is what it is...John Fox

Posted by: Whitecomet77 | Apr 27, 2013 10:52:12 PM

Wish we would have picked up Conner Vernon, too.

Posted by: eric13003 | Apr 28, 2013 12:20:57 AM

I look at that list and already know that our scouting department must not like going to many big schools. "Wheaton?" Honestly?! We need a bigger and better scouting department.

Posted by: me | Apr 28, 2013 12:26:43 AM

There's been plenty of good players that came out of small colleges. Do some of you wake up and complain. So I guess Alabama,.Georgia Tech, Colorado State, USC,Michigan Louisiana Tech, Rice, Penn State are not big schools, Utah, Purdue, Oregon. You can find some gems from small schools. That's why they're the scouts and you're the fan. I tell alot of so-called Panthers fans are stuck on big names. I guess you looked past the other Colleges and focused on Wheaton. Read all of the picks before making dumb statements like that. You fan card needs to be revoked. I'm tired of the whiners on here.

Posted by: Young | Apr 28, 2013 1:34:49 AM

what young said...

Posted by: deepenwide | Apr 28, 2013 1:55:54 AM

what young said...

Posted by: deepenwide | Apr 28, 2013 1:55:54 AM

Agree with "Young | Apr 28, 2013 1:34:49 AM", but also they are building a championship team with high caliber back up. look at the Patriots, Giants, one or two players get hurt, they don't miss a beat. then everyone is wondering where they got "that guy" from. This will be a championship team.

Posted by: JT | Apr 28, 2013 7:56:50 AM

This size of the school doesn't matter -Mississippi Valley State

Posted by: Shawn "Thats my name" Gibson | Apr 28, 2013 8:04:07 AM

Could bring in a blocking back such as Penn State FB Michael Zordich. Do not see much from your list other than Wheaton OT Jesse Peterson or Alabama S Robert Lester.

Posted by: par404 | Apr 28, 2013 10:30:50 AM

Check which schools Jerry Rice & T.O went to!

Posted by: Mitchell Mosher | Apr 28, 2013 10:45:27 AM

Young is is spot on..

Posted by: Lanman | Apr 28, 2013 11:10:41 AM

Gettleman's UDFA list is better than Hurney's picks in the real draft the past 2 years. The UA S Lester will proabably start and the UM DE Roh will be a good depth DE. The QB from LA-Tech was a highly productive player ,and all in all great draft which is better than we fans are used to.

Posted by: QB | Apr 28, 2013 1:15:53 PM

I agree with Young, "some" of our so called fans don't have a clue and only complain about everything. We need more dedicated fans.

Posted by: Ronnie W | Apr 28, 2013 2:42:50 PM

I too would have loved for us to pick up Conner Vernon...

Posted by: Edward | Apr 28, 2013 2:48:04 PM

Lester could be good at tackling all the guys that Godfrey lets get behind him. Nice pickup.

Posted by: Fred | Apr 28, 2013 2:55:46 PM

Sleeper could be Zordich, I could see him making Special Teams immediately. He's Mike Zordich's son (You older fans like me will know him).

Posted by: PhilW57 | Apr 28, 2013 4:26:11 PM

wake up, not wait up, lol

Posted by: Positive Attitude Helps | Apr 28, 2013 4:47:25 PM

@lanman, really because last I checked Hurney picked up back to back rookie of the years in his last 2 drafts. Additionally he picked up starters in Silatolu, Norman, and McClain (McClain didn't really work out) and a good back up in Alexander and Hogan. How is any list of UDFA better than that? The only way that happens is if we get a bunch of Arian Foster caliber players coming out of that list and that surely doesn't seem to happen.

Posted by: Drew | Apr 28, 2013 5:07:26 PM

Eric Breitenstein will be a good pickup but not sure how they will use him. He picked up around 2000 yards -each- of the last two years going straight up the middle.. At 230 pounds he would make a good FB, but we already have a good one.. ??

Posted by: Rick | Apr 28, 2013 7:15:16 PM

The Guy to watch that has a good presence at stopping the run is Bryan Jean Pierre. Small school but do your homework on him and you will find he can make tackles and is capable of moving all over the line positions. and I agree with Young

Posted by: Scott | Apr 28, 2013 9:42:10 PM

Melvin white is a tall corner he could turn out to be a nice addition

Posted by: Rob | Apr 28, 2013 10:06:44 PM

I would love for Eric Breitenstein to make the roster and he very well can if he can outdo Mike Tolbert haha. He moved the ball quiet well against some very good App State defensive players. Kid has alot of heart and is a beast. Its obvious we are real deep at RB however because of us having a RB in the draft from Oregon there may be a trade coming that they havn't mentioned yet. Eric can play about as good if not better than Brad Hoover.

Posted by: Clay | Apr 28, 2013 10:51:00 PM

Ya'll are getting a steal in Robert Lester. Not blindingly fast but very, very intelligent player. Could pick up quickly on just about any defensive system. Well trained under Saban and has a great work ethic. Was a quiet leader on the 2012 team.

Posted by: Troy | Apr 29, 2013 9:58:57 AM

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