5 biggest Carolina Panthers draft and UDFA steals in 2022
By Dean Jones
Matt Corral – Carolina Panthers QB
After an exhausting search that might not be finalized just yet, the Carolina Panthers got what they hope will become their quarterback of the future. After everyone barring Kenny Pickett slid dramatically into Day 2, the organization grasped a chance to move up and secure the services of Matt Corral at No. 94 overall – ending his long wait to find an NFL home.
This was done upon the recommendation of offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo, who has a fierce reputation for successfully analyzing college prospects and how they might fare at the next level. It’s also a pretty good fit for Corral, who’ll get a legitimate chance to start much sooner than many of his classmates who entered the league this year.
Sam Darnold remains on the books and the Panthers have reportedly not closed the door on a veteran trade according to Josina Anderson of CBS Sports. However, if Corral can transition well and the Panthers feel confident, then slotting in a rookie on a third-round contract would be a significant asset in the pursuit of bolstering other areas of the roster.
There is some work to do for Corral. But this is a signal-caller with proven SEC production that many felt could enter first-round consideration had he not suffered an ankle injury during his final appearance at Ole Miss.
If Corral can become a productive starter, then calling this a steal would be understating things slightly.