4 major observations from Panthers GM Scott Fitterer’s combine presser

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Carolina Panthers trading up?

Although the temptation to bring someone like Derek Carr into the fold is there for all to see, the simplest solution – one general manager Scott Fitterer might prefer – is finding their guy from the 2023 NFL Draft.

Fitterer has preached the importance of drafting and developing a rookie quarterback. This would allow the Carolina Panthers to build around a cheap contract and have their guy for the next 5-10 years.

Finding the right prospect is the tricky part. But the front office figure believes that if there is a general consensus, this is the year Carolina might sacrifice a significant amount of draft capital to move up and get their player of choice.

"“You gotta be aggressive. If you have a guy you have conviction on, go get him. You don’t wanna be reckless. But you wanna look to see what’s been done in the past, and if you have to give up some assets to go get him. I hope we’re not picking in the top 10 again, so it’s gonna be a lot more if you’re in 22 or something else at that point. This might be a year to do some things like that.”"

This is undeniably the most fascinating element of the offseason. The Chicago Bears are reportedly looking to move out of the No. 1 spot and the Arizona Cardinals could also be tempted to part ways with the No. 3 selection if the right offer comes along.

Therefore, the opportunity is there for Carolina if they feel like it’s the correct thing to do. Something that could land them a blue-chip prospect such as Bryce Young or C.J. Stroud to take this franchise forward.

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