It seems as though the Carolina Panthers want to draft a quarterback.
As the NFL Draft gets closer and closer, teams have been meeting with some potential draftees in order to get a better idea of whether they would be a good fit for their team. The Carolina Panthers are no exception to this, and Wednesday they met with a quarterback.
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Now, chances are he probably will not replace Cam Newton right away if drafted by the team, but it is intriguing to see that the Panthers are looking at the position. West Virginia quarterback Will Grier would be the party in question, and this meeting is certainly of note.
Grier is a very talented quarterback. While at the helm for the Mountaineers, he threw for 3,864 yards, 37 touchdowns, and eight interceptions. He certainly ended his collegiate football career on a high note. That was by far his best season of his career. After transferring from Florida, he really settled into a groove at West Virginia. He finished his collegiate career with 8,556 passing yards, 81 touchdowns, and 23 interceptions. His 9.1 yards per pass attempt is also impressive. Whichever team gets him will get a quarterback with a strong arm and one who can make difficult throws with ease. He definitely has the potential to be a starter.
According to a report from Aditi Kinkhabwala of NFL Network, the Panthers and Grier had dinner Wednesday night. Norv and Scott Turner were in attendance for the team. It makes sense considering Norv is the offensive coordinator while Scott has the role of quarterbacks coach.
What this meeting tells me more than anything is that the Carolina Panthers want to draft a quarterback. Given how many needs they have in this upcoming draft, I do not expect them to draft one right away. I would wait until the later rounds to draft one. Given the fact that Grier is projected to be drafted in rounds 3-4, Carolina would probably draft him around there. Given how top-heavy this draft is for quarterbacks, that could definitely be a plausible option. I think it would be smart for the Panthers to at least consider it. What have they got to lose? Taking stock of inventory at the quarterback position is not a bad idea.
It will be interesting to see how the Carolina Panthers handle this draft. They don’t have a ton of room for error, and they need to make sure that they can get several impact players.