Assistant head coach (and secondary coach) Steve Wilks said he did his research while searching to fill the team's void. Wilks met all three rookies for pre-draft visits at Bank of America Stadium, in addition to private workouts on the road. The additional time, partnered with what Wilks saw from the prospective players' game film proved the trio belonged in Carolina.
"They're smart. They're long. They can run. They're physical. That's what we like about them," Wilks told the team's official website. "Right now they're just going through the process. ... I think it's going to be an easy transition. They've just got to get up to speed."
The Panthers' brass gave their vote of confidence for the rookies by releasing veteran cornerBrandon Boykin last week. The move was a surprising transaction considering Boykin signed a one-year deal in March. Boykin's absence leaves Bene' Benwikere the only other corner who has logged more than one season on the Panthers' defense. However, Benwikere is rehabbing a broken leg, an injury sustained in December.
Despite the lack of veterans to aid with the development of his rookie cornerbacks, Wilks isn't experiencing buyer's remorse.
"I think we targeted the right guys, and we got the guys that we wanted," Wilks said. "They're learning. They're picking things up very quickly, which is great."