We are just a few weeks away from the NFL Draft when all eyes will be on the Carolina Panthers. The team traded for the top pick in the 2023 Draft. All signs are pointing to the Panthers using that pick to draft a quarterback. The top-rated QBs in this draft class include Bryce Young (Alabama), CJ Stroud (Ohio State), and Anthony Richardson (Florida). But who will the Panthers draft? Most analysts believe it will come down to Young or Stroud. Young has shown flashes of being a more dynamic playmaker but there is hesitation around his size- Young is 5 foot 10 inches tall. His height could be a factor when it comes to throwing over defenders. My belief is that Stroud would be the best bet, though I don’t think any of these three are slam-dunk picks.
Making The Decision
All three quarterbacks are scheduled to visit Charlotte ahead of the draft according to WSOC-TV’s DaShawn Brown. Richardson and Young this week and Stroud next week. I would have imagined that when the trade was made the team knew exactly who they were trading for. But it seems they do not have their mind made up, or at least want to do their due diligence on making sure they have the right guy.
Approx. three weeks away from the #NFLDraft, the first of the #Panthers QB visits have begun.— DaShawn Brown (@DaShawnWSOC9) April 10, 2023
Per a league source, Anthony Richardson will visit with the team today, Bryce Young tomorrow, with CJ Stroud and Will Levis scheduled for next week. @wsoctv
The Panthers organization has been a revolving door for quarterbacks the last few years since David Tepper purchased the team. We’ve seen Teddy Bridgewater, Sam Darnold, Cam Netwon, PJ Walker, and Baker Mayfield all take snaps at the position. Ole Miss quarterback Matt Coral was drafted by the team in 2022 but suffered a season-ending injury before the season began. So will the Panthers finally make the right decision on who to draft at quarterback in the 2023 draft? I sure hope so. It’s been difficult and frustrating to be a Panthers fan for the past 5 or so years. And unfortunately, I don’t have much faith that the organization gets it right this time. One thing that is for sure, this needs to be a coach and general manager decision with absolutely zero input from Tepper.
The NFL Draft will take place in Kansas City, MO April 17-19th. Make sure you are tuned in to see who the Panthers draft at quarterback with the 1st overall pick.