When Panthers first-rounder Ikem Ekwonu arrives for rookie minicamp later this week, he'll have one key piece of business taken care of.

Ekwonu agreed to terms on his four-year rookie contract Tuesday night. The deal includes an option for his fifth year.

The left tackle from N.C. State is scheduled to be on the field with the rest of the draft class and some other selected players this weekend at rookie minicamp.

The Panthers have high expectations for the Charlotte native, as they identified him as the top overall player on their board. That made his availability with the sixth overall pick an unexpected but welcome surprise.