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

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Carolina Panthers should monitor Dillon Gabriel

  • Quarterback | Oklahoma

After Spencer Rattler and Caleb Williams both entered the transfer portal this spring, Oklahoma secured a talented prospect of their own when Dillon Gabriel decided to come on board following a prolific stint at Central Florida. The quarterback should have the No. 1 spot locked up in 2022 and this step-up in competition could be the best thing for his NFL chances if everything goes well.

Gabriel was a two-year starter before turning out just three times last season due to a broken collarbone. Not exactly the nicest injury to recover from, but it’s all systems go for the player on the Sooners.

When Gabriel last saw the field for a full campaign, there was plenty to be encouraged about. His 32 touchdowns with four interceptions represented significant growth from the previous season and if the signal-caller returns to this form in a different environment, it should make scouts sit up and take notice.

There are no concerns about Gabriel’s arm strength, which is NFL-ready and matched by an excellent accuracy and solid release to get the football out effectively. The player also sees the field well and identifies things efficiently pre-snap.

If there was a flaw, it’s from a physical standpoint. Gabriel is undersized and looks it on the field, which could pose some longevity concerns in the NFL’s harsh environment and something the Carolina Panthers might take as a red flag.

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