Panthers select cornerback Kalon Barnes out of Baylor

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CHARLOTTE – The Carolina Panthers selected cornerback Kalon Barnes from Baylor in the seventh round (242nd overall) of the NFL Draft on Saturday.

Barnes started ten games for a Bears team that won 12 games and the Big 12 Conference title game. The Silsbee, Texas native grabbed an interception in each of the last three seasons.

Carolina head coach Matt Rhule coached Barnes at Baylor for two seasons, but at the end of the day, Rhule said the speed stood out more than anything.

“We brought Boogie here not because I coached him,” Rhule said, calling Barnes by his nickname, “but because he could fly.”

Barnes made 23 total tackles, five pass breakups, and a fumble recovery in 2021. He had an interception against Oklahoma, helping Baylor set a course for the Big 12 conference championship.

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