The Carolina Panthers have signed the No. 1 overall pick in the draft. Well, sort of. The Panthers offered defensive lineman Linden Gaydosh, who was the No. 1 pick in the Canadian Football League Draft by Hamilton Tiger-Cats, a workout during rookie minicamps and he made the most of that opportunity.
Gaydosh turned his workout in to a contract and he will now have the ability to make the team’s final roster.
“It’s great,” Gaydosh said, according to Scott Cruickshank of the Calgary Herald. “Like, I’m so happy right now. I was at a loss for words when the CFL draft came — so I don’t know how to describe the feeling I have right now.
“The first thing I did was call my parents. They were so excited the day of the CFL draft, I can’t imagine what’s going through them right now.”
If Gaydosh is unable to make anything of his training camp roster spot, he will just return to the CFL where he can begin his career north of the border. If the 6-foot-3, 314-pound defensive tackle is able to make the team’s roster, he will be a true underdog story.
Players from the CFL have had success in the NFL before, we will just have to see if Gaydosh can add his name to the list.