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Cats Sign All of Their Draft Picks from 2012 NFL Draft

Less than two weeks after the 2012 NFL Draft, the Panthers announced that they have signed their entire seven-member draft class.

“We are thrilled to have our entire draft class under contract,” Panthers general manager Marty Hurney said. “We look forward to watching these young men come in and compete starting this weekend.”

Signing contracts today are first round linebacker Luke Kuechly, second round guard Amini Silatolu, fourth round defensive end Frank Alexander, fourth round wide receiver Joe Adams, fifth round cornerback Josh Norman, sixth round punter Brad Nortman and seventh round safety D.J. Campbell.

The Panthers are not the first team to sign all their picks — the Baltimore Ravens accomplished that feat on Thursday — and they won’t be the last one to do so this week as most NFL teams are conducting their rookie mini-camps this weekend. Players do not need a signed contract to participate, but the new collective bargaining agreement has standardized the process, removing a lot of the intrigue as a player’s year one allotment is essentially slotted. With the player in town and on the field — and the process standardized to the point I’m no longer tracking the signings — it makes sense for both sides to get the rookie contracts out of the way.

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