NFL rumors: Panthers trade for No. 1 pick dramatically shifts QB odds
Taking over the first spot in the 2023 NFL Draft from the Chicago Bears, the Carolina Panthers have dramatically changed their quarterback prospects.
The Chicago Bears are no longer the first pick in the 2023 NFL Draft. That now belongs to the Carolina Panthers, having given the Bears multiple draft picks over the next three years and wide receiver DJ Moore. It’s pretty clear that the Panthers made the move to get into the main pick of their top four prospects, where they don’t have to worry about a team jumping on them.
For those looking at the perspective of the odds as to which quarterback to pick first, they’ve turned.
Prior to the trade, the Draughtskings sportsbook had Bryce Young from Alabama named MVP with odds of -160. But now that the Panthers have captured the top overall pick, Ohio State’s CJ Stroud is now the favorite with odds of -160.
CJ Stroud is now an odds-on favorite to be selected first after the Panthers traded the No. 1 pick
Before the trade Stroud had a +180 probability of being picked first, now it’s at -160. This is not final, as there is over a month left until the opening night of the 2023 NFL Draft on April 27.
Young is the oldest quarterback in this year’s draft. He shone during his Crimson Tide stint, leading the team to a College Football Playoff National Championship and winning the Heisman Trophy during the 2021 season. While he has the ability to throw punts and feel defensive pressure, his height is an area of concern for scouts and analysts. Listed at 5-foot-10 at the Scouting Combine, there are teams that prefer a tall quarterback.
As for Stroud, he has a typical height for a quarterback at 6-foot-3. But, he has the ability to make incredibly accurate throws and run long distances. He finished his college career with an impressive performance in the Peach Bowl against the Georgia Bulldogs.
Ultimately, it will be up to the Panthers seniors and coaching staff to decide who they want to be their starting quarterback for the foreseeable future. As of now, she will be the favourite, but that could change in the coming days.