Panthers: Three former Panthers to announce 2018 draft picks

(Photo by Getty Images) Jordan Gross
(Photo by Getty Images) Jordan Gross /

Three former  Carolina Panthers will announce future Panthers at the 2018 NFL Draft…

The Carolina Panthers will be well-represented at the NFL Draft occurring at the end of April. Former offensive tackle Jordan Gross, former punter Jason Baker and former cornerback Dante Wesley will announce the Panthers’ picks per Bryan Strickland of

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Gross will announce the Panthers’ second-round selection (No. 55) while Baker will announce the two third-round selections (Nos. 85 and 88). Wesley will take care of the honors the final day of the draft, announcing the two seventh-round picks the Panthers’ possess (Nos. 234 and 242.)

An offensive tackle, Gross spent his entire career with the Carolina Panthers. In 11 seasons, he made the Pro Bowl three times and was a First-team All-Pro in 2008.

Baker went undrafted in 2001 and played for five teams before finding a spot with the Panthers in 2005. While in Carolina, he found stability. He kicked for the Panthers until he retired in 2012.

Wesley bounced around the league as well. Drafted in the fourth round of the 2002 NFL Draft, special teams was his calling card. He played for the Panthers over seven of his nine seasons in the National Football League which amounted to two separate stints.

It is always fun to watch players from the past come to the Draft and announce players of the future. Although they may not be the biggest names, they certainly contributed quite a bit during their times with the Panthers. Gross in particular, really left his mark in Carolina and was a tough, gritty player. It will be nostalgic to see these players come and announce what should be a very active draft for the team.

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These names will just add to the intrigue of who the Carolina Panthers pick. Depending on how the Panthers draft, they could be the bearers of either good or bad news. Just remember, they are only the messengers.