Panthers reach deals with Kelvin Benjamin, Trai Turner


Yet another club has wrapped up its draft pick signings.

The Panthers are the latest club to get all of their rookie selections under contract before the start of summer, announcing deals with first-round pick Kelvin Benjamin and third-round pick Trai Turner on Wednesday.

The 6-foot-5, 241-pound Benjamin is likely to compete for immediate playing time at wide receiver, a position at which the Panthers have reloaded after releasing Steve Smith and seeing Brandon LaFell depart in free agency. As a junior at Florida State in 2013, Benjamin hauled in 54 passes for 1,011 yards and 15 touchdowns, including the decisive touchdown in the Seminoles’ BCS title-game win vs. Auburn.

Turner (6-3, 316) started 20 games at guard in two seasons at LSU. Like Benjamin, he could push for a role right off the bat with Carolina, the defending NFC South champion.