The Panthers kicked off their Day 3 of the draft by selecting Tre Boston at the 128th overall spot, in the 4th round. The former Tar Heels safety was a senior coming out of college. You can read Nolan Nawrocki's** profile for him here.
Tre Boston figures to be largely a special teams contributor in his first season in the NFL, as Roman Harper, Charles Godfrey, and Thomas Decoud will all be battling for playing time in the Panthers' defensive backfield. However, with the loss of Mikell and Mitchell to free agency, Boston may see some time as a nickel back or box safety. According to Mike Mayock, Boston is a bit of a "tweener", having played cornerback prior to being converted to strong safety in his last years in college. He's a good tackler in the box and is a vocal leader in the secondary. He could use some coaching on his angles and technique, being labeled as inconsistent and selective in his tackling and hitting. He figures to be depth his first few years in Carolina.
Jared Abbrederis was also still on the board in the 5th, while CB Pierre Desir was selected just one pick before Carolina. Stay tuned with the Cat Scratch Reader for all of your draft coverage!