The NFL combine is well-underway, and many prospective players have increased their draft stock due to their impressive performances at this event.
One positional group that has gained significant notoriety this week is quarterback.
Several quarterback-needy teams have significant capital in April’s draft, including the Carolina Panthers.
According to a recent ESPN report, the Panthers are prepared to be aggressive to move up in the draft, potentially solving their woes at the position.
The #Panthers are expected to "aggressively" pursue a trade up in the 2023 Draft in order to grab a top QB prospect, per ESPN.
Carolina currently holds the number 9 overall pick in the Draft, behind the #Raiders and #Falcons, and will need to jump them. pic.twitter.com/90ij1omIPp
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) March 5, 2023
This news was met with both criticism and excitement from NFL fans across the league.
Bears (after a trade with HOU): 2nd overall pick
Panthers: 9th overall, 2nd rounder, 2024 1st and 2025 1st.
— ricky t (@double_fkn_t) March 5, 2023
One fan indicated that he would like to see the Panthers trade up to the second-overall pick.
By doing so, they could either select CJ Stroud, Bryce Young, or Anthony Richardson, depending on who is available.
Richardson, Stroud, and Young have all increased their draft stock over the past several days due to their combine performances.
The Panthers are on a laundry list of teams that are in search of a leader at the quarterback position, and one of these three could be their answer.
However, one fan indicates that a rookie isn’t what the Panthers should pursue, but rather, a seasoned veteran.
Looks like they’ll have a couple options Derek Carr, or trade with the Cardinals at three and flip ones to nine overall, Plus other compensation 2 to 3 second round picks?
— Mike Jurecki (@mikejurecki) March 5, 2023
Derek Carr is a potential option for the Panthers given his recent exit from the Las Vegas Raiders.
Carr has nearly a decade of NFL experience, which could prove to be valuable for a mostly young Panthers team.
The Panthers have a few weeks to figure out what their future at the position will be.
However, given the rising draft stock of the top-three quarterback prospects, they will need to move fast.NEXT: Panthers Free Agent Expected To Draw Plenty Of Interest On Market