5 shock quarterback targets for the Carolina Panthers in 2023

(Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports) Geno Smith
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Which quarterbacks could emerge as shocking targets for the Carolina Panthers once the 2022 season comes to a conclusion?

P.J. Walker’s production over the last fortnight has been encouraging. But it would be wise for the Carolina Panthers to explore every possible avenue in pursuit of finally finding a long-term answer at the quarterback position.

Players are currently fighting hard for their own futures and for the job security of interim head coach Steve Wilks. General manager Scott Fitterer and team owner David Tepper will be watching events closely, but fans want to see someone new under center after a series of failed personnel moves under previous head coach Matt Rhule.

Obvious targets such as Bryce Young and C.J. Stroud will be assessed heavily. However, if the Panthers start winning a few more games, then they might have to cast their net a little wider and perhaps even turn their attention to some more ambitious acquisitions if the right opportunities come along.

With that in mind, here are five shock quarterback targets the Panthers could identify in 2023.

Quarterback No. 1

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(Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports) Grayson McCall /

Carolina Panthers could target Grayson McCall

It’s been a solid if not spectacular 2022 season so far for Grayson McCall. The Coastal Carolina prospect has produced flashes of genuine quality, but there remain some concerns about his ability to make a smooth transition to the next level.

McCall’s arm strength wouldn’t be classed as elite. But considering he doesn’t have the benefit of stud tight end Isaiah Likely this time around, his numbers and overall efficiency are respectable.

This would take a lot of convincing from a fan standpoint. The Carolina Panthers will assess almost every quarterback prospect, but whether or not McCall can provide the spark needed when push comes to shove is highly debatable.