4 draft prospects the Carolina Panthers should watch in CFB championship

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Carolina Panthers should watch Max Duggan

  • Quarterback | TCU Horned Frogs

The Carolina Panthers are entering a very crucial offseason. One that could see them select a quarterback in the first round of the 2023 NFL Draft.

However, there is always a possibility that Carolina goes a different direction and swings for the fences with another mid-round selection. That direction could lead them to TCU star quarterback Max Duggan.

It’s quite incredible what Duggan has done this season considering he was a backup at one point in time. Now, he’s a Heisman Trophy finalist and one of the big reasons why TCU is playing for a National Championship after missing out on a bowl game in 2021.

Let’s make something clear, Duggan is not a top-level quarterback prospect of any sort. He is a baller, though, with 40 total touchdowns to his name this season.

The former four-star high school recruit has shown to be a playmaker both inside and outside the structure of the pocket. Duggan can throw passes into tight windows and push the ball in the vertical game with relative ease.

While TCU’s offense isn’t exactly a pro-friendly scheme, Duggan has done a terrific job working within its structure. He is also a running threat and can rip off some big runs, which has led to eight scores on the ground.

Duggan is still green in plenty of areas such as processing the field post-snap and being very inconsistent as a passer. He also doesn’t have a strong arm by any means, which may hinder his projection to the next level.

Monday night’s matchup against the Georgia Bulldogs will be a big test for Duggan. Should he have a statement game of his own, his draft stock could get a potential boost while walking away with a championship trophy.

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