Panthers Sign Pair of 6th Round Picks

The Carolina Panthers announced the signings of sixth-round picks Greg Hardy and Jordan Pugh.

Financial terms for the four-year deals were not disclosed.

A 6-4, 281-pound defensive end out of Mississippi, Hardy was chosen with the 175th overall selection in the 2010 NFL Draft. A four-year starter for the Rebels, Hardy totaled 147 tackles, including 39 for a loss and 26.5 quarterback sacks. Hardy was first-team All-SEC in 2007, and was second-team All-SEC in 2008.

Hardy battled injuries his final two seasons in Oxford, including a foot injury that required surgery. Last season, Hardy missed three games with a fractured wrist. If he makes the 53-man roster, Hardy could see action as a situational pass-rusher for the Panthers this season.

A three-year starter at Texas A&M, Pugh split his time between free safety and cornerback, totaling 221 tackles, including 7.5 for a loss and 1 quarterback sack, with 4 interceptions, 19 pass break-ups, two forced fumbles, and three fumble recoveries.

Pugh also averaged 10.3 yards on 13 punt returns over the last two seasons.

The 5-11, 196-pound Pugh was not invited to the 2010 Scouting Combine, but turned heads at A&M’s Pro Day, when he ran a 4.44-second 40-yard dash, and displayed a 40.5” vertical leap with a 10’05” broad jump.

Pugh’s versatility should earn him a roster spot this summer, and he is expected to be a core member of the Panthers’ special teams units.

Hardy and Pugh join fellow sixth-round pick David Gettis, and seventh-round cornerbacks R.J. Stanford and Robert McClain as the Panthers' 2010 draft picks who have signed contracts. Five members of Carolina's draft class remain unsigned.

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