Carolina Panthers might wait until the 2023 draft
Although the Carolina Panthers drafted Matt Corral at No. 94 overall, it will not stop them going into the quarterback pool from an exceptional group of prospects set to enter the league in 2023.
Their investment in the Ole Miss product was minimal and the contract he’s yet to sign won’t be earth-shattering. If things continue trending downward and Carolina is in position, taking someone like C.J. Stroud or Bryce Young will be high on their list of options.
A lot of football must be played between now and then. And the Panthers’ plans next season might have nothing to do with acquiring a veteran signal-caller before the upcoming campaign.
This should be the last thing on their minds considering how perilous things are for the Panthers in 2022. Matt Rhule can ill-afford further pressure coming his way, so taking a risk with another band-aid solution could be the best way for the team to gain immediate results.
Those with a little more job security should already be looking at the top signal-callers emanating from the college level. A group that is already being lauded as one of the best in recent memory.
Rolling with Sam Darnold would certainly improve their chances of landing a top-end pick. But much will also depend on how much development Corral can accomplish throughout his rookie season.