NFL rumors: Panthers ‘favorite’ QB for No. 1 pick revealed
The Carolina Panthers have the first-choice quarterback for the 2023 NFL Championship…or are they just faking everyone?
The Carolina Panthers staked their future on getting the best quarterback in the upcoming 2023 NFL Draft, and one would think they already had a player in mind.
However, this year’s quarterback class pales in comparison to last year’s, and there is no clear No. 1 prospect. The contenders are, in no particular order, Bryce Young of Alabama, C.J. Stroud of Ohio, Will Leevis of Kentucky, and Anthony Richardson of Florida.
Between now and the draft, expect the Panthers front office to start playing mind games with the rest of the league as to which quarterback they’ll pick at the start of the draft.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, now famous for being on Aaron Rodgers’ hate list, Bryce Young is said to be in the lead for being selected by the Panthers. do you buy it Hear his talk below:
Bryce Young is believed to be the Panthers’ frontrunner for No. 1 as of now 👀
“I think Bryce Young is to the Panthers what Mack Jones was to the 49ers when they made the trade.” — @AdamSchefter pic.twitter.com/5Q9Ybso0NX
— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) March 16, 2023
NFL rumours: Bryce Young is ‘favorite’ to be Panthers No. 1
Earlier this month, Carolina traded the ninth pick overall, 2023 second pick, 2024 first manager, 2025 second pick, and wide receiver DJ Moore to the Chicago Bears to secure the first overall pick.
Many were quick to praise Bears general manager Ryan Poles for looking like he was messing with the Panthers in that trade, though it’s too early to draw conclusions. If the Panthers end up getting a franchise to Young’s quarterback or whoever they end up with, it will be worth it.
A former Alabama Heisman winner, Young has demonstrated his passing prowess and leadership of the elite over the past three years, placing him in the top five in most journals. The talk at the NFL Combine was exactly how short Young was, and his relatively diminutive height puts him at a severe disadvantage to start his NFL career.
Other quarterbacks in his class, such as Stroud and Richardson, naturally have their own shortcomings; Schefter noted that the Panthers franchise has also been impressed with Stroud in particular and they may not have a full brain yet.
Whatever whispers are coming from Carolina could affect other teams, namely the Houston Texans and Indianapolis Colts, and change the selection method at the top of the plate. Get ready for another drama-filled draft, folks.