Panthers sign Ben Boulware, Fred Ross as undrafted free agents

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Linebacker Ben Boulware played college football at Clemson, which isn’t too far from where he’ll get his chance to make it in the NFL.

The Panthers announced that they have signed Boulware, who was not selected over the three days of the draft despite being named the Jack Lambert Award winner as the nation’s top linebacker. Boulware had 113 tackles for the national champions last season.

“He’s instinctive. He’s tough. He will tag your fanny,” General Manager Dave Gettleman said. “He’s smart. He’s all the stuff we’re looking for.”

The Panthers also announced the addition of wide receiver Fred Ross. Ross caught 12 touchdowns for Mississippi State last season and finished his college career as the school’s leader in catches and receiving yards.

10 responses to “Panthers sign Ben Boulware, Fred Ross as undrafted free agents

  1. Unbelievable that Boulware was not drafted…. voted top LB in college football and defensive captain on the NCAA Champianship team! He should be a great addition to the Panthers’ defensive and specialty teams.

  2. xbam-
    Plays with some stiffness and lacks desired burst to the ball. Can be feast or famine with downhill gap shots against run. Has short arms and can be engulfed by size. Eyes will see it, but responsive twitch can be a step slow. Occasionally loses track of ball carrier in mass of bodies in front of him. Has average lateral quickness and can be a little slow to mirror running back from gap to gap. Heavy feet in change of direction. Doesn’t gain depth quickly in his drops after early bite on play fakes. Plus he is short & runs a 4.8 or higher in the forty.

  3. illumination666 says:
    Apr 30, 2017 1:42 PM

    Good luck Ben! I can see this guy develop on a practice squad for a year or two, then make his way into a contribution. Maybe special teams.
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    Agreed. This is the kind of player that makes you wish the NFL had a farm system so he could play regularly and develop. I think he can be a decent pro.

  4. General Manager Dave Gettleman said. “He’s smart. He’s all the stuff we’re looking for.”

    Gettleman left it unsaid that they STILL didn’t value him higher than a Fullback fro West Georgia or a Kicker.

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