The Carolina Panthers are one of the few NFL teams that haven’t figured out their quarterback situation.
They have been upfront in their desire to select a play-caller in the 2022 draft, even if they still have Sam Darnold.
However, there hasn’t been a can’t-miss talent among this year’s quarterback class, as team executives and scouts proclaimed during the Scouting Combine.
Still, some aspirants can make a difference given the perfect situation.
Likewise, the Panthers have several roster holes to fill, especially on their offensive line.
Therefore, they might seek to increase their pick volume by moving out of the top ten, as NFL Network’s Mike Giardi shared.
Important to note that, per league sources, the #Panthers have talked to numerous teams about moving back from 6 (they don’t have another pick until #137). Picking a QB in top 10 might be too much but picking one in the mid first is more palatable and gets them more draft capital https://t.co/8RleRXQxke
— Mike Giardi (@MikeGiardi) April 13, 2022
Giardi tweeted, “Important to note that, per league sources, the #Panthers have talked to numerous teams about moving back from 6 (they don’t have another pick until #137). Picking a QB in the top 10 might be too much, but picking one in the mid-first is more palatable and gets them more draft capital.”
He commented in response to colleague Cameron Wolfe’s tweet that detailed the quarterback prospects who visited the Panthers.
Based on Wolfe’s tweet, Carolina has looked at six play-callers, including Liberty’s Malik Willis, Cincinnati’s Desmond Ridder, and Ole Miss’ Matt Corral.
There’s no word on which player the Panthers are likely to draft.
Filling In The Draft Gap
If the Panthers stayed in their current draft position, they wouldn’t draft again until the fourth round.
Most of their desired players might be off the board by that time, especially offensive linemen.
Based on that gap between their picks, the Panthers could look at going down the draft order.
They will get much interest in that position, particularly teams seeking a wide receiver.
Those squads can surrender their first and second-round picks to give the Panthers more draft flexibility.