Carolina Panthers: Matt Rhule is wrong about drafting another quarterback

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New Carolina Panthers head coach Matt Rhule recently chimed in his thoughts about the possibility of selecting a quarterback in the 2020 NFL Draft. It’s a mistake waiting to happen.

As the Carolina Panthers prepare for the 2020 NFL Draft, they have a lot of areas that need to be fixed. Most of it is on the defensive side of the football as it’s imperative the Panthers heavily use their early draft picks just on defense alone. Even in a recent mock draft, the first five picks are all dedicated to upgrading the Panthers’ defense.

In a recent interview, new head coach Matt Rhule recently chimed in his thoughts about some of the draft strategies the Panthers might use. It’s no secret that general manager Marty Hurney is all about doing what is needed to facilitate the team’s rebuild by bolstering the defense but it’s easy to see that quarterback should be at the bottom of their draft board.

There is no reason to draft another quarterback in this year’s draft as it’s a class that, outside of the top three, isn’t all that stacked at the most important position on the team. If anything, this year’s draft class is heavy on defensive talent and especially at wide receiver.

At this point in time, the Panthers have a much better situation at quarterback heading into the upcoming season. It’s expected that Teddy Bridgewater will start and either Will Grier or XFL star P.J. Walker end up as his backup. It’s doubtful the Panthers would keep three quarterbacks on the final roster as it wouldn’t make sense to add another one to the positional group in this year’s draft.

The Carolina Panthers should not draft another quarterback

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It could be a smokescreen or something but Rhule has actually stated that he wouldn’t rule out taking a quarterback with the No. 7 overall pick. This wouldn’t make sense at all in the grand scheme of things. Not only are the Panthers fine at quarterback but drafting one with their first-round pick would be a huge mistake in the making.

The truth of the matter is, quarterback should not be a priority for the Panthers in this year’s draft. They’ve already committed to Bridgewater to be their quarterback for at least the next three years and have invested $63 million for his services. Yes, there is a chance that things might not work out with Bridgewater but now is not the time to draft a future franchise quarterback.

Rhule is wrong about saying he will not overlook a great player regardless of need. It’s understandable to a degree but not in the case of the Panthers who have so many different holes on defense, it would be a shame to not address it with a top-ten draft pick.

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Overall, it would be a dire mistake if the Panthers wasted the No. 7 overall pick on a quarterback considering all the defensive woes that clearly need to be the top priority over anything on offense. There just isn’t any valid reason or even a top quarterback that could justify making such a move at No. 7. The Panthers will be much better off in the long term drafting a defensive tackle, cornerback, or even a defensive back that will be an anchor for years to come with such a high draft pick.