Benwikere to Compete Against Godfrey at Slot CB

Streeter Lecka

Panthers GM Dave Gettlemen says the rookie will compete against veteran safety turned CB Charles Godfrey for the slot CB position.

Godfrey also answers a question I have had regarding why the Panthers didn't save the 7th rounder and just draft Benwikere in the 5th instead of S Tre Boston:

Panthers rookie Benwikere’s future turned corner in high school | Carolina Panthers | NewsObserver.com
The Panthers traded their seventh-round draft pick to Minnesota to move up 20 spots and take Benwikere in the fifth round. The former San Jose State standout is expected to compete with veteran Charles Godfrey at the nickel corner spot.

Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman said the Panthers considered Benwikere in the fourth round, but believed former North Carolina safety Tre Boston was a better value there.

I have admit I really like the background info on Benwikere. Can you believe the WR's on his high school team: Lee, Woods, and Robinson? Talk about an excess of riches. An then there is this:

"He’s got excellent ball skills. He’s got 14 career picks," Gettleman said last week during the Panthers’ rookie minicamp. "One thing I’ve learned over the years (is) if you’re an interceptor at college, you’ll be an interceptor up here."

So Getts is confident he will be a ball hawk? I admit 14 INTs in a college career is pretty darn good but way to put some pressure on the kid Getts!

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