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Panthers take Cincinnati QB Pike in 6th round

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Associated Press - April 24, 2010 3:35 PM ET

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - The Carolina Panthers have picked Cincinnati quarterback Tony Pike in the sixth round of the NFL draft.

The 6-foot-6, 223-pound Pike threw for 2,520 yards and 29 touchdowns with six interceptions last season while leading the Bearcats to the Sugar Bowl. The Panthers took Pike with the 202nd overall pick as their fourth pick of the sixth round, following Mississippi defensive end Greg Hardy, Baylor receiver David Gettis and Texas A&M defensive back Jordan Pugh.

The Panthers have now drafted a pair of quarterbacks in Pike and second-rounder Jimmy Clausen, creating plenty of competition for unproven returnees Matt Moore and Hunter Cantwell.

Carolina also took South Carolina linebacker Eric Norwood in the fourth round Saturday and has two picks in the seventh round.

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