Panthers 7-round 2023 NFL mock draft: Building around franchise QB

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Which way could the Carolina Panthers go with their 2023 NFL Draft selections with the No. 1 overall selection locked and loaded?

Free agency is almost a week old and the Carolina Panthers now have a clearer idea of what they need from the 2023 NFL Draft. General manager Scott Fitterer has been incredibly aggressive over the last week, which is further highlighted by a daring trade-up to No. 1 overall for their pick of the quarterback litter. 

There are rumors swirling about what the Panthers will do from atop the draft. Depending on which insider you read or hear, Carolina has no idea which direction they're going or those in power have narrowed it down to two prospects in pursuit of finding their next franchise signal-caller. 

In truth, nobody knows for sure outside of influential people within the building. And make no mistake, that's exactly how Fitterer wants it at this stage. 

Keeping all options open and leaving those also looking for quarterbacks guessing is a tremendous spot to be in. Something that could lead to panic elsewhere to avoid missing out. 

Carolina controls the draft. That was the most important thing in this entire equation and even though it cost them capital coupled with wide receiver D.J. Moore, it's a small price to pay if they find their long-term presence under center. 

Using the NFL Mock Draft Database simulator, we took a look at which way the Panthers could go with their picks during the all-important upcoming selection process.