The Carolina Panthers 2014 rookie minicamp is set to begin today. In addition to the Panthers 2014 draft class, nine UDFA's, six practice squad players and 35 tryout players will participate in the two day event in Charlotte.
The rookie minicamp is an excellent opportunity for the team's coaches and trainers to get a closer look at the new players to understand where they are in terms of their development. From there, the coaches can closely work with the players to bring them up to speed for OTA's, mandatory minicamp and training camp.
The full list of tryout players can be found here.
Two interesting names to consider:
Baker TE Joel Murphy: At 6-foot-6 inches and 270 pounds Murphy definitely has the frame to play tight end in the NFL. He caught the Panthers scouts’ attention at his workout at the NFL Regional Combine in Chicago. Based off his highlight tape, Murphy appears to be a blocking tight end and a limited short yardage receiving threat. He will likely have to shine as a blocker and improve his receiving skills if he wants to get a contract from the Panthers.
Montreal OT David Foucault: The 6-foot-8, 320 pound offensive tackle from Montreal, Canada is definitely an intriguing prospect because of his massive size -- if signed to a contract, he'd be the tallest and one of the heaviest players on the Panthers' roster (G Michael Jasper is a biscuit shy of four bills). Foucault was selected fifth overall by the Montreal Alouettes in the 2014 CFL Draft earlier this week. As you'll see in his college highlight tape, he absolutely dominated the competition playing left tackle: