4 high-upside quarterbacks the Panthers could draft in 2023

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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.