Carolina Panthers aggressively roll the dice with Will Grier pick
The Carolina Panthers selected Grier at No. 100
The Carolina Panthers made some noise at the end of day two of the NFL Draft Friday night. They selected West Virginia quarterback Will Grier with the 100th overall pick. This marks the first quarterback the Carolina Panthers have drafted since Cam Newton which up until Friday night, was the longest period of time between drafting quarterbacks for any team in the National Football League.
This is a draft pick that was sort of surprising. However, the Carolina Panthers had shown interest in Grier and they had dinner with him during the pre-draft process. He is the fifth quarterback drafted in the 2019 NFL Draft to this point.
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The Carolina Panthers made a smart move here. This gives them an option for life after Cam Newton. Don’t quote me as saying he is the replacement for Newton right now. Newton still has a lot of football left in him.
Grier is certainly a player that would fit well in the Carolina Panthers system. He throws a great deep ball, and he has tremendous athleticism outside the pocket. There are some questions about his accuracy, but that is something I feel can be worked on. At six-foot-two, 233 pounds, Grier definitely has the body type to be a quarterback in the National Football League.
Last year for West Virginia, he threw for 3,864 yards, 37 touchdowns, and eight interceptions. The 37 touchdowns were tied for third in all of college football and the passing yards were the fifth-most in the country. This is a player that can give offense instant production, and with some of the weapons the Panthers have, it could be a great fit if and when Grier sees the field.
Again, he is not going to replace Cam Newton anytime soon. Head coach Ron Rivera has said that the team wants to develop “that next system backup guy.” The Panthers organization has said repeatedly that this move is about depth and that Cam Newton is the guy. It’s interesting that Grier is being used as a depth piece right now, but I trust what Marty Hurney is doing. He certainly has a vision for how he wants the Carolina Panthers to look, and I will certainly wait and see before making any judgments on the 2019 class.
This is certainly an interesting pick, and it’s one that I think can pay off in the long run. It may not be an area of need for Carolina but at the very least, they have done their homework on him. That’s all I can ask for, and I am excited to have Grier in Carolina. He is certainly talented, and it should be exciting to add him to the quarterback room.