The Carolina Panthers could solely be short-term holders of the No. 1 total choose. The Panthers, who acquired the choose as a part of a blockbuster commerce with the Bears, will not be ruling out buying and selling again, in line with a number of reviews.
Whether or not the Panthers commerce the choose will largely come right down to which quarterback they need to choose. The Panthers are at present attempting to determine between drafting Alabama’s Bryce Young and Ohio State’s C.J. Stroud, in line with ESPN. Panthers proprietor David Tepper reportedly favors Young, whereas head coach Frank Reich prefers Stroud, per Adam Schefter (h/t Bleacher Report).
The Houston Texans, who at present personal the No. 2 total choose, are additionally anticipated to pick one of many prime quarterbacks within the draft.
Young and Stroud are extensively thought-about the top-two quarterback prospects within the draft, with Kentucky’s Will Levis additionally within the combine. The 2021 Heisman Trophy winner, Young threw 79 touchdowns towards simply 12 interceptions throughout his time at Alabama. Young, who went 24-2 as Alabama’s beginning quarterback, ended his school profession with a bang. He threw 5 touchdowns whereas finishing greater than 71% of his throws throughout Alabama’s Sugar Bowl win over Kansas State.
Like Young, Stroud was a two-year starter in school. During his final two years with the Buckeyes, Stroud threw 85 touchdowns towards simply 12 picks. His finest efficiency in school could have been throughout Ohio State’s thrilling comeback win within the 2022 Rose Bowl. Despite future first-round picks Garrett Wilson and Chris Olave sitting out, Stroud set Buckeye bowl information by throwing for 573 yards and 6 touchdowns whereas main Ohio State to a 48-45 win over Utah.
Whoever the Panthers choose will be a part of a workforce that went 5-3 to shut out the 2022 season after a 2-7 begin. Carolina’s roster options a number of gifted gamers, together with Pro Bowl defensive finish Brian Burns, cornerback Jaycee Horn and working again Chuba Hubbard.
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