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2018 NFL Draft: Carolina Panthers select Kendrick Norton with the No. 242 overall pick

The Panthers have finally added a Hog Molly with their final pick in the 7th round of the 2018 NFL Draft.

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The Carolina Panthers have selected Miami defensive tackle Kendrick Norton with the No. 242 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.

Norton is a 6’3” 314lbs. nose tackle who will provide competition and depth in the center of the Panthers vaunted defensive front. He’s pretty athletic for his size. Despite reports to the contrary, he is not the grandson of former Heavyweight boxing champion Ken Norton, Sr. and former NFL player (and 2x Super Bowl winner) Ken Norton, Jr.

My Take

Late in the draft, this could be a pretty good pick to try and push Vernon Butler to not take anything for granted. You have to love Norton’s pedigree, and if nothing else, he can plug holes at the 1-tech in our 4-3 front. Chances are he isn’t going to win that battle, but maybe he’ll show enough promise to find his way onto the roster or practice squad.


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Panthers 2018 draft picks

Round 1 - No. 24 overall
Round 2 - No. 55 overall
Round 3 - No. 85 overall (from BUF)
Round 3 - No. 88 overall
Round 5 - No. 161 overall
Round 6 - No. 197 overall
Round 7 - No. 234 overall (from LAC)
Round 7 - No. 242 overall

Panthers top five needs

Wide receiver
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