6 under-the-radar QB prospects the Panthers should monitor for 2023 draft

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Carolina Panthers should monitor Devin Leary

  • Quarterback | North Carolina State

The Carolina Panthers went to nearby North Carolina State for their franchise left tackle when Ikem Ekwonu fell into their laps at No. 6 overall. Could they go back to the program in 2023 for their future quarterback?

If Devin Leary takes another leap forward, then it cannot be ruled out.

Leary’s time under center for the Wolfpack last season was impressive. Something that might indicate a productive NFL career could be in the offing if the signal-caller makes improvements to his pre-snap recognition and touch in the weeks and months ahead.

With a 65.7 percent completion percentage for 3,433 yards, 35 touchdowns, and just five interceptions in 2021, Leary earned a creditable passer efficiency rating of 157.0. Although it will be interesting to see how the prospect gets on without Ekwonu protecting his blindside next time around.

Ekwonu is anticipated to be an immediate difference-maker for Carolina. Whether Leary has enough in his locker to become the same once his time comes is another matter.

His athleticism and release will go over well with scouts. If Leary can match or perhaps exceed his production in 2022, then a Day 2 selection is well within reach providing everything goes well during the evaluation process.