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Panthers favoring Levis?


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https://walterfootball.com/nflhotpress/article/2023-Senior-Bowl-Rumors-Wednesday

Similar to Denver, another team that has a new head coach and questions at quarterback is the Carolina Panthers. New head coach Frank Reich wants stability at the position, but Carolina has not had that since the injuries added up to cut short Cam Newton's career. Teddy Bridgewater, Sam Darnold and Baker Mayfield have proven not to be the answer for the Panthers. From speaking with sources, it sounds like the Panthers really like Kentucky quarterback Will Levis.

The Panthers have the ninth-overall pick of the 2023 NFL Draft and are very likely to miss out on the top two quarterback prospects, Alabama's Bryce Young and Ohio State's C.J. Stroud. With the Raiders - at No. 7 - and the Falcons - at No. 8 - in front of Carolina, the Panthers may have to move up to land Levis or Florida quarterback Anthony Richardson. Carolina can't be certain that Atlanta, in particular, will pass on a quarterback. Thanks to having extra picks on the second day of the 2023 NFL Draft, Carolina has some additional ammo to move up. Perhaps Reich will take the Panthers in a different direction or target a veteran, but after speaking with some sources, it sounds like Levis is well-liked around the Carolina organization.

 

Boy, this is really the rumor that won't seem to die. There is an awful lot of smoke there at this point. I know that Walterfootball is not the best source but I will say that a lot of Charlie Campbell's rumor mill info from Mobile every year has been pretty accurate.

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I think if we trade up it’s for Stroud, personally. If we sit tight, the only QB available at 9 is probably Richardson. 
 

Always take news like this with a grain of salt in February. Long ways to go. Lots of teams nervous they won’t get the guy they want. 

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5 minutes ago, Kentucky Panther said:

I think if we trade up it’s for Stroud, personally. If we sit tight, the only QB available at 9 is probably Richardson. 
 

Always take news like this with a grain of salt in February. Long ways to go. Lots of teams nervous they won’t get the guy they want. 

Dont trade up...and take bpa at 9...which wont be a qb.

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7 minutes ago, Kentucky Panther said:

I think if we trade up it’s for Stroud, personally. If we sit tight, the only QB available at 9 is probably Richardson. 
 

Always take news like this with a grain of salt in February. Long ways to go. Lots of teams nervous they won’t get the guy they want. 

Depends on how the draft falls and how far up we trade. I could see us moving up to 4-5 and drafting either Levis or Stroud (whichever is available)

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Interestingly, Campbell also reported that among the scouts he talked to, Stroud and Young were the consensus top two QB's but both had some definite cons:

 

Young and Stroud are the clear top-two quarterback prospects for the 2023 NFL Draft, but both have flaws. Teams love Young's passing ability, his natural instincts as a passer, and his athleticism to make plays with his feet. However, his small size is worrisome, and that is going to be glaring when he meets with teams in interviews and on visits to their facilities.

With C.J. Stroud, teams have concerns about him being a scheme-product quarterback, plus they are disappointed with his demeanor. Stroud is not viewed as a vocal leader to lead a team. Rather, he is said to have a quiet, almost aloof, personality.

As a result of these issues, multiple sources from a number of teams say they do not think Young or Stroud is worthy of giving up the farm for in future draft picks to move up high in the first round of the 2023 NFL Draft. They see too much risk in either of them as a prospect to be willing to give up a huge haul in a trade. However, it only takes one team to feel differently and be desperate enough to make such a move. Additionally, given that the Texans - at No. 2 - and the Colts - at No. 4 - clearly need quarterbacks, a third team knows it has to jump to the first or third pick of the 2023 NFL Draft to get one of those signal-callers.

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12 minutes ago, heel31ok said:

Taking a lesser qb in a bad qb draft...keep pounding 

I have a lot of concerns about Levis but if we get a top caliber QB coach to pair with Reich, I will try to trust whatever they think.

I definitely don't have any faith in our FO's ability to evaluate the QB position.

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