Ben McAdoo’s influence played a significant role
It’s hard to look at what transpired during Day 2 of the 2022 NFL Draft and not think new offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo didn’t play a significant part in the overall outcome. The coach is a respected talent evaluator at the quarterback position, something that the Carolina Panthers put to good use during an eventful conclusion to the process that eventually saw them select Matt Corral.
As the quarterbacks began sliding, fans became increasingly impatient on social media. Especially those who wanted the team to select Malik Willis and his exceptional upside.
However, there was also the hanging cloud of another veteran trade hanging over the organization. Something that reportedly produced some conflict within the draft war room and a clear difference of opinions.
As it turned out, McAdoo got his guy.
Whether it comes off or not is another matter entirely.
Corral looks tailor-made for McAdoo’s system thanks to his lightning-fast release, ability to be accurate over short-to-intermediate routes as well as possessing enough mobility to implement the run-pass option consistently.
There is some work to do regarding processing. But the Panthers – and McAdoo, in particular – felt this was well worth the risk.
If it doesn’t work out, then it cost them minimal compensation in the grand scheme of things.