5 draft prospects the Carolina Panthers might miss after 2022 resurgence

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Carolina Panthers could miss out on C.J. Stroud

  • Quarterback | Ohio State Buckeyes

At the time of writing, C.J. Stroud hasn’t yet declared for the 2023 NFL Draft. The Ohio State quarterback has until January 16 to make his intentions clear one way or another, but there is growing speculation he might not be a lock to take his chances at the next level.

This would be a shock considering Stroud could be the first signal-caller taken. A notion that was enhanced in no uncertain terms by his performance against Georgia in the college football playoff semi-final.

Stroud’s poise, accuracy, and ability to remain composed in the face of pressure should all transition smoothly to the NFL. The prospect’s mobility is underrated and this is matched by a strong enough arm to make every throw with ease.

Of course, scouting the player and not concerning yourself with the recent stigma surrounding Buckeyes’ quarterbacks in the NFL would be prudent. This is a player the Carolina Panthers should have right at the top of their shortlist, but bringing him on board looks difficult after the team’s improved fortunes under Steve Wilks.

Stroud has to enter the 2023 draft first. However, if those in power are convinced he’s the guy that can finally become Carolina’s franchise quarterback, then trading up is the only way they can guarantee his signature.

If not, the Panthers might be forced to wait and roll with what they have right now.