One big question for every Carolina Panthers QB in 2022

(Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports) Baker Mayfield and Sam Darnold
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How quickly can Matt Corral become Carolina Panthers QB1?

The Carolina Panthers identified Matt Corral as their top quarterback prospect entering the NFL this year. Once the former Ole Miss stud fell far enough down the pecking order, those in power struck with conviction to bring him on board at No. 94 overall.

This is seen as a long-term solution to an ongoing complication. Corral had by far the best film of any signal-caller in the draft against some legitimate competition in the SEC, but questions about his size and decision-making coupled with an exceptional 2023 class caused him to drop into the third round.

Corral has made a solid impression during the offseason. The ball comes out of his hands in rapid fashion and the player is also keen to stamp his mark from a leadership standpoint despite having two veterans ahead of him currently.

Baker Mayfield’s arrival via trade means Corral should have additional time to get himself up to speed. The intangibles are there and the coaching staff believes he can be a franchise player over time, but just how quickly this can occur is the big question.

Having Sam Darnold around could hinder his development slightly. Especially if his presence relegates Corral to No. 3 on the depth chart when push comes to shove.

It doesn’t matter where Corral starts. It’s where he finishes that will be most telling.