4 encouraging observations from the Carolina Panthers 2022 offseason

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Carolina Panthers’ confidence in Matt Corral cannot be ignored

“Who are you taking? Which quarterback?”, was the question Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper and the fans wanted an answer to during the 2022 NFL Draft. Those in power resisted the temptation to reach for one at No. 6 overall, but once many prospects started falling down the pecking order, the time was right to make a play.

According to the Panthers Confidential video, head coach Matt Rhule was adamant that Matt Corral was the man he’d trade for if the right opportunity came along.

"“If I traded for a quarterback right now, I’d trade for Corral. He’s the one when you watch the tape, you believe in the most.”"

This potential outcome also got the seal of approval from offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo, who has a strong reputation for evaluating college quarterbacks and clearly felt that this was the best signal-caller emanating from the college ranks this year.

"“I like his arm strength and his accuracy is really good. He’s got good feet and athleticism, good rhythm in his body. He’s got good speed. I think he has a chance to be really unique. He’s my kind of guy with the way he’s built, his athleticism and the way he throws and can pull the trigger. I can feel him on the tape. He competes. He’s got passion.”"

Sean Ryan, the Panthers quarterback coach, then went on to say that Corral could be a franchise player providing he develops further areas of his game. High praise from two guys that are very experienced as quarterback evaluators in the NFL.

On Day 2 of the draft, the Panthers struck a deal with the New England Patriots for the No. 94 overall selection and take Corral. This will provide stern competition for Sam Darnold in training camp and if everything goes according to or better than expected, time on the field in 2022 shouldn’t be ruled out entirely.