Panthers draft: Examining 3 big narratives surrounding Sam Howell

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(James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports) Sam Howell

There are a lot of narratives floating around about quarterback prospect Sam Howell, let’s examine each to see what’s true and false and what it means for the Carolina Panthers.

Sam Howell grew up less than 20 miles from Bank of America Stadium. A dual-sport athlete and four-year varsity starter, the 6-foot-1 quarterback made a name for himself at Sun Valley High School in Indian Trail, where he set school records and wowed his coaches and teammates with his toughness, composure, and arm talent.

Fast-forwarding to the present day, the 21-year-old has the opportunity to be drafted to his hometown Carolina Panthers and despite an up and down three seasons, Howell is widely regarded as the best quarterback to ever suit up for the University of North Carolina.

If you read and watch what draft experts are saying, it seems unlikely that Howell will remain in the Charlotte area following the NFL Draft.

As of writing, the Panthers have the No. 6 overall selection in the first round. Although many see the former Tar Heel as a first-round talent, most mock drafts have him going mid-to-late first round.

Howell impressed at the Senior Bowl, but could raise his stock after the NFL Scouting Combine and his pro day? Sure.

However, the Panthers have a much more pressing need to fix the offensive line, and upgrading that unit may be the team’s focus on draft day.

But should Panthers fans panic or celebrate if the team does find itself interested in Howell?

As fans, we can be swayed by good and bad narratives surrounding quarterbacks every single year. It’s time to uncover the truth about Howell and whether he will end up on the Carolina Panthers this spring.

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