4 draft gambles the Carolina Panthers could make in 2023

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Carolina Panthers could draft Will Levis

If the Carolina Panthers are intent on securing a first-round quarterback as most expect, they might not need to make a dramatic surge into the No. 1 overall position. There will be a lot of moving parts early in the draft, so it’s vital those in power remain vigilant and react to whatever transpires in front of them with conviction.

Going up to No. 3 or No. 5 remains an option if the situation dictates. Bryce Young and C.J. Stroud are likely to be gone by then, which could lead them to Will Levis if everything checks out during their evaluations.

Levis is one of the most polarizing figures in the 2023 class. While the physical intangibles could result in a successful NFL career, his lackluster final college campaign at Kentucky raises more than a few concerns.

While the arm strength, mobility, and physicality represent intriguing traits where Levis is concerned, there are some red flags to also factor into the equation. Most notably, when it comes to decision-making, recognizing pressure, and trying to force the issue rather than taking what the defense gives him.

If the Panthers moved up for Levis, it represents a risk. One that could literally go either way unless Carolina’s new and improved coaching staff works its magic.