How Matthew Stafford situation could impact Panthers draft plans

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Matthew Stafford’s desire to move away from the Detroit Lions could have a big impact on the Carolina Panthers and their plans for the 2021 NFL Draft.

The quarterback carousel is set to swing like never before in the NFL this offseason. A host of established names with game-changing talent could be in new uniforms by the time competitive action gets underway in 2021, with the influx of some top prospects entering the league via the NFL Draft something else that is sure to bring plenty of speculation in the coming weeks.

This is also evident with the Carolina Panthers, who have made no secret of their desire to bring in a better long-term solution at the position. Teddy Bridgewater‘s erratic performances – particularly down the stretch – grew more concerning with every passing week and if early offseason quotes are any indication, the powers that be will be exploring every possible avenue.

One player that the Panthers will have a discussion about is Matthew Stafford. The former No. 1 overall pick is looking to be traded from the Detroit Lions as they begin their new era under Dan Campbell, with new quarterbacks coach Sean Ryan working with the Pro Bowler last year before joining Carolina.

Regardless of whether Stafford joins the Panthers or not, where the signal-caller ends up is potentially going to have some substantial ramifications on the organization and their potential draft plans.

This is a situation leading figures such as general manager Scott Fitterer and head coach Matt Rhule will be monitoring closely during what is expected to be one of the most eventful offseasons in recent memory.