Panthers: Could QB Riley Ferguson be a potential draft pick?

OXFORD, MS - OCTOBER 01: Riley Ferguson
OXFORD, MS - OCTOBER 01: Riley Ferguson /

 The Carolina Panthers could select quarterback Riley Ferguson in the NFL Draft…

Many mocks drafts have come out recently that have the Carolina Panthers selecting either a cornerback, wide receiver or running back. While all those positions may be of need, one particular piece of news caught my eye. The Panthers will be meeting with Memphis quarterback Riley Ferguson later this month per the Riot Report.

Per Stephen Igoe of 247Sports, it is not known whether Ferguson will be meeting with the Panthers in a pre-draft visit or if the team is just going to work him out.

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Ferguson threw for 4,257 yards in 2017 to go along with 38 touchdowns and nine interceptions. In his two year-career as a Tiger, Ferguson totaled 7,955 yards, 70 touchdowns and 17 interceptions.

Ferguson is ranked the No. 17 quarterback in the draft by Pro Football Focus. He is known to struggle in the short passing game, and he ranks No. 31 in the 2018 draft class on deep passes. Simply put, he is a work in progress. He has a very strong arm, but by all indications, he does not know how to maximize it to the best of his ability.

As Igoe notes, Ferguson is not going to be a first-round pick. He will likely be called on Day 3 of the Draft. However, he would be an intriguing pick given the fact that he has so much potential. Although he is still very raw, there is no denying the talent is there. Especially with Norv Turner at the offensive helm, it would be interesting to see what he could do with Ferguson

He is probably not going to be the next Tom Brady, but he would give the Carolina Panthers an option at the backup quarterback spot. Whether or not he will be able to be a starter in the National Football League remains to be seen, but at the very least he would give the team depth at the position.

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Riley Ferguson would be an intriguing prospect for the Carolina Panthers to consider. Although he is a work in progress, he is certainly a solid athlete.