The Panthers just doubled down on rookie quarterbacks.
Carolina selected Tony Pike with the No. 204 overall selection Saturday, a compensatory pick in the tail end of the sixth round.
Often projected as the fifth quarterback in this class, Pike wound up being the tenth selected.
Michael Smith of ESPN writes the Panthers were targeting Pike if Clausen hadn’t fallen to them, and they thought he was too good a value to pass up this late.
Clausen and Pike figure to compete for the backup quarterback spot behind Matt Moore. Clausen is the heavy favorite, but Brian Brohm and Matt Flynn can attest that your draft slot doesn’t guarantee anything.