4 things Matt Corral must do to beat out Sam Darnold in 2022

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Matt Corral must grasp the offense quickly

It’s clear that new offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo had a huge say in Matt Corral being drafted by the Carolina Panthers. The experienced coach has done some sterling work assessing recent draft classes correctly, so general manager Scott Fitterer and head coach Matt Rhule were wise to seek his counsel before making their move.

Corral does appear to be a nice scheme fit for the Panthers’ system under McAdoo. His release already looks NFL-ready and this is matched by smooth footwork in the pocket and a nice accuracy that might be of use from the outset if everything goes well.

Sam Darnold has a lot more experience. But he’ll also have to grasp new concepts that McAdoo wants to install, although major tweaks aren’t expected given Matt Rhule likes to influence proceedings from an offensive standpoint.

This will be a lot of information for Corral to take on. He primarily utilized a run-pass option scheme at Ole Miss, so it’ll be a crash course in an NFL playbook and a test that the signal-caller needs to pass with flying colors.

If Corral can do this in an efficient manner, then it’s the first building block to what will hopefully become a successful career in Carolina.