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The Carolina Panthers pick up a left tackle and a QB in the draft; Myers Park High gets a new football coach; Possible coach picks for the Charlotte Hornets

Matt Corral
Matt Corral

The Carolina Panthers picked up a left tackle and a quarterback in the NFL draft over the weekend and Myers Park High School hired a new football coach after having to forfeit last season’s games. With "All Things Considered" host Gwendolyn Glenn to talk sports is Langston Wertz, Jr., a longtime sportswriter with the Charlotte Observer.

In a sixth-round NFL draft pick, the Carolina Panthers selected Ikem “Ickey” Ekwonu. The 6-foot-4, 310-pound Charlotte native who played at North Carolina State is expected to start at left tackle.

Another anticipated draft pick for the Panthers was a quarterback. In the third round, they selected Matt Corral from Ole Miss.

"The Panthers pegged Matt Corral as a potential top-three quarterback," Wertz said. "Now, this isn't the best quarterback draft, but they have a chance to get a top-three quarterback in the third round was too much for them to resist. Corral last year passed with 3,300 yards and he rushed for 614 and 31 total touchdowns. The knock on him is that he's only six foot tall, but Drew Brees is six foot tall. I think this guy could be a steal."

Listen to audio above as Wertz and Glenn talk about:

  • Myers Park High School has hired Jason McManus as head football coach. McManus was the offensive coordinator at South Pointe High School in Rock Hill, South Carolina and Grayson High School in Georgia.
  • Names Wertz says are being considered for the Charlotte Hornets top job are Frank Vogel, Shelby native Alvin Gentry, Milwaukee assistant Darvin Ham, ESPN analyst Mark Jackson and Philadelphia assistant Sam Cassell.
  • Charlotte FC last 2-1 on the road to Orlando City Saturday.

Gwendolyn is an award-winning journalist who has covered a broad range of stories on the local and national levels. Her experience includes producing on-air reports for National Public Radio and she worked full-time as a producer for NPR’s All Things Considered news program for five years. She worked for several years as an on-air contract reporter for CNN in Atlanta and worked in print as a reporter for the Baltimore Sun Media Group, The Washington Post and covered Congress and various federal agencies for the Daily Environment Report and Real Estate Finance Today. Glenn has won awards for her reports from the Maryland-DC-Delaware Press Association, SNA and the first-place radio award from the National Association of Black Journalists.