Panthers sign first-round pick Christian McCaffrey, 2 others

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Running back Christian McCaffrey on Thursday night became the first first-round pick from this year's draft to sign his rookie deal.

On the one hand, some analysts think the Panthers reached for McCaffrey at No. 8 overall and could have gotten better value by drafting a different position in the first round. The other two drafted rookies to sign were offensive tackle and second-round pick Taylor Moton, along with sixth-rounder and fullback Alex Armah.

All undrafted free agents typically sign three-year deals.

Fifth-round cornerback Corn Elder and seventh-round kicker Harrison Butker are the remaining unsigned Panthers draft picks. The Panthers' minicamp will begin on Friday. He was the second running back taken, after the Jacksonville Jaguars snagged LSU stud Leonard Fournette with the No. 4 overall pick. Both should provide Newton and the offense more weapons to work with in 2017.

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McCaffrey broke Barry Sanders' single-season all-purpose yard record in 2015 with 3,864 yards.

However, with each of the above listed players now a part of the team's 90-man roster, only three available positions for undrafted free agents and try-out players are open.

Armah, the 192nd overall draft choice, played tight end, defensive end and linebacker in college at West Georgia.

The Panthers also signed five undrafted rookies, including: Ben Boulware, Fred Ross, Bryan Cox, Austin Duke and Cole Luke.