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In this still image from video provided by the NFL, Derrick Brown, wearing cap, watches during the NFL football draft Thursday, April 23, 2020, as people with him applaud his selection by the Carolina Panthers. (NFL via AP)

Panthers sign first-round pick Derrick Brown

May. 13, 2020 10:31 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Panthers have signed Derrick Brown, the seventh overall pick in the NFL draft, to a four-year contract. The 6-foot-5, 325-pound defensive tackle was a standout at Auburn, earning consensus All-America honors last season and finishing his college career with 170 tackles, 13 sacks...

FILE - At left, in an April 23, 2020, file photo from video provided by the NFL, LSU quarterback Joe Burrow appears during the NFL football draft. At right, in an April 28, 2011, file photo, Auburn quarterback Cam Newton poses at the NFL Draft in New York. Burrow should be getting ready to report to rookie minicamp this month then joining the veterans on the Cincinnati Bengals for the rest of the offseason program. The best comparison to what the NFL is going through this offseason with no practices, in-person meetings or the usual bonding that happens each spring came back in 2011 when the owners locked out the players until July, and Cam Newton was the No. 1 pick at the draft. (AP Photo/File)

Virtual offseason impacts rookies, teams preparing for 2020

May. 1, 2020 12:48 PM EDT

Joe Burrow should be getting ready to report to rookie minicamp this month, then joining the veterans on the Cincinnati Bengals for the rest of the offseason program. But like everyone else around the NFL, Burrow is left on his own to prepare for the season with facilities shut down because of the COVID-19...

FILE - In this Oct. 21, 2018, file photo, Washington Redskins offensive tackle Trent Williams (71) takes the field for warms up before an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys in Landover, Md. The San Francisco 49ers have acquired the seven-time Pro Bowl left tackle from the Redskins. Two people familiar with the deal said Saturday, April 25, 2020,  the Niners will send a fifth-round pick in this year’s draft and a 2021 third-rounder to acquire Williams. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

49ers fill needs, Packers fall short on draft weekend

Apr. 26, 2020 5:46 PM EDT

The task for the San Francisco 49ers heading into the draft was straight forward. Find replacements for departed starters DeForest Buckner at defensive tackle and Emmanuel Sanders at receiver and then find a player to step in for longtime left tackle Joe Staley, who informed the NFC champions before the draft...

In this still image from video provided by the NFL, Derrick Brown, wearing cap, watches during the NFL football draft Thursday, April 23, 2020, as people with him applaud his selection by the Carolina Panthers. (NFL via AP)

Panthers make history, use all 7 picks on defensive players

Apr. 25, 2020 9:22 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Carolina Panthers sent a clear message over the weekend: It's time to upgrade the defense. General manager Marty Hurney and new coach Matt Rhule used all seven draft picks on defensive players, hoping to improve a unit that allowed 29.4 points per game last season, the most in...

FILE - In this Nov. 3, 2018, file photo, Baylor's wide receiver Denzel Mims, left, pulls down the game winning touchdown over Oklahoma State's cornerback A.J. Green, right, in the second half of an NCAA college football game in Waco, Texas. Mims is a possible pick in the NFL Draft which runs Thursday, April 23, 2020 thru Saturday, April 25. (Michael Bancale/Waco Tribune-Herald via AP, File)

Jets trade down, take Baylor WR Denzel Mims in 2nd round

Apr. 25, 2020 1:03 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Jets got Adam Gase and Sam Darnold a much-needed playmaker on offense, even after trading down in the second round of the draft. Baylor wide receiver Denzel Mims was the Jets' pick at No. 59 after they originally had the 48th overall selection. New York decided to move down 11...

FILE - In this April 17, 2019, file photo, Carolina Panthers general manager Marty Hurney speaks to the media in Charlotte, N.C. The 2020 NFL Draft is April 23-25. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)

Panthers get defensive in NFL draft to battle NFC South QBs

Apr. 24, 2020 11:04 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Panthers are doing everything they can to bolster their pass rush knowing they’ll be facing division foes that feature Tom Brady, Drew Brees and Matt Ryan at quarterback. Carolina selected defensive end Yetur Gross-Matos from Penn State with the sixth pick in the second...

FILE - In this Dec. 7, 2019, file photo, LSU quarterback Joe Burrow (9) runs down field against Georgia during the first half of the Southeastern Conference championship NCAA college football game in Atlanta. Burrow is expected to be a first round pick at the NFL Draft on Thursday, April 23, 2020.(AP Photo/John Amis)

The Latest: SEC breaks draft record with 15 1st-round picks

Apr. 24, 2020 10:45 AM EDT

The Latest on the first round of the NFL draft. ___ The Southeastern Conference broke the NFL record for first-round draft picks by a conference. Fifteen players from the powerhouse league were selected in the opening round Thursday night. That topped the previous mark of 12 set by the Atlantic Coast Conference...

FILE - In this Jan. 1, 2020, file photo, Auburn defensive tackle Derrick Brown (5) runs during the second half of the Outback Bowl NCAA college football game against Minnesota in Tampa, Fla. The Carolina Panthers selected Brown with the seventh pick in the first round of the NFL draft. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)

Panthers choose Brown over Simmons with No. 7 overall pick

Apr. 23, 2020 11:41 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Carolina Panthers had a decision to make with the No. 7 overall pick in the NFL draft — Auburn defensive tackle Derrick Brown or Clemson linebacker Isaiah Simmons. The Panthers chose Brown, a 6-foot-5, 326-pound run stopper who they hope will upgrade a position ravaged in...

UNLV's Arroyo tabs Baylor's Thomas as offensive coordinator

Apr. 23, 2020 5:46 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — New UNLV coach Marcus Arroyo has hired former Baylor assistant Glenn Thomas as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. “We are absolutely fired up about adding a coach with Glenn’s level of talent, pedigree and experience to the Rebel family,” Arroyo said in a...

FILE - In this Dec. 22, 2019, file photo, Carolina Panthers' Christian McCaffrey runs during the second half of an NFL football game against the Indianapolis Colts, in Indianapolis. McCaffrey's versatility and superb statistics helped him to a rare double: The Carolina Panthers running back has made The Associated Press NFL All-Pro Team at two positions. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)

McCaffrey embracing new role as face of Panthers franchise

Apr. 20, 2020 5:56 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — With the Panthers in the midst of a roster overhaul, Christian McCaffrey could have forced his way out of Carolina in hopes of finding a team better prepared to challenge for a Super Bowl title. But the All-Pro running back said that notion never crossed his mind. Instead, he signed...