The Panthers have wrapped up their third rookie contract of the day, finalizing a deal with seventh-round pick Robert McClain. The team previously signed seventh-round cornerback R.J. Stanford and sixth-round wide receiver David Gettis on Tuesday.
According to Darin Gantt of the Charlotte Observer and Rock Hill Herald, McClain’s deal spans four years.
McClain didn’t start until his senior year under UConn coach Randy Edsall, but the 5-foot-9, 190-pound cornerback’s stock rose during pre-draft workouts. McClain ran a 4.42 at the Huskies’ Pro Day and hoisted 225 pounds an impressive 23 times.
In Carolina, McClain may find himself in direct competition for a roster spot with the aforementioned Stanford. McClain’s special teams ability — he finished among the NCAA leaders with a 12.6 yards-per-punt return average in 2009 — could ultimately give him the edge.