4 high-upside quarterbacks the Panthers could draft in 2023
By Dean Jones
Carolina Panthers could draft Michael Penix Jr.
If the Carolina Panthers do enough to put themselves out of the running for Bryce Young and C.J. Stroud – which is entirely possible if their recent form is any indication – then those in power must cast a wider net in pursuit of landing a franchise player at the position.
There are some intriguing talents lower down the draft. Although it’s widely expected that only Young or Stroud come with immediate Day 1 starting potential unless something drastic occurs during the evaluation process.
Someone like Michael Penix Jr. is a prospect to monitor. The Washington standout has all the athletic attributes needed to become a force over time, but expecting miracles right away would be unrealistic.
One thing that stands out where Penix is concerned centers around decision-making and a rapid-fire release. There is also more than enough accuracy over short-to-intermediate routes to suggest more is possible with professional coaching.
Penix has the footwork to avoid pressure in tight windows. Considering his explosiveness, it’s a surprise to see such limited work as a dual-threat weapon during his college career to date.
The signal-caller doesn’t have elite arm strength and footwork can cause complications. But there’s no doubt Penix is gaining momentum at the right time and could enter first-round contention with a strong evaluation process.