4 QB starting options if the Panthers move on from Deshaun Watson

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Trey Lance – North Dakota State

The NFL is buzzing with the impending arrival of Trey Lance. There are few prospects generating more interest than the North Dakota State standout during the evaluation process and his outstanding pro day has done nothing to hurt his stock in the slightest.

Lance has an enormous amount going for him and is the sort of player that teams normally gamble on despite the relative lack of quality competition he encountered in college. There is also the small matter of the signal-caller playing just one competitive game in 2020 due to COVID-19, so anyone expecting instant miracles from the prospect might be out of luck.

The Carolina Panthers went in full force to Lance’s pro day to see for themselves what he could bring to the table. Head coach Matt Rhule, general manager Scott Fitterer, and offensive coordinator Joe Brady were all in attendance and were spotted talking to the player after his workout. But there s a very real possibility they’ll have to move up from No. 8 overall if they identify him as the man to lead them forward.

This sort of compensation would be nothing compared to what it would take to land Deshaun Watson. So it might be an option worth considering from Carolina’s perspective.

This would allow Lance to sit behind Teddy Bridgewater before eventually replacing him once he’s fully adjusted to the rigors of the next level.