Panthers Select Bryce Young First Overall

As expected, the Panthers have selected quarterback Bryce Young first overall. The Alabama alum was long thought to be the favorite for Carolina, after they pulled off a blockbuster trade to acquire the top spot in the order last month.

Young won the Heisman in 2021 as part of a highly productive two-year stretch as the starter for the Crimson Tide. That span included 8,200 passing yards and 79 touchdown passes, along with only 12 interceptions. Young established himself as a dynamic passer with an ability to produce ‘off-script’ plays, making him one of the most highly-touted prospects at any position in this year’s class.

However, his size (5-10, 204 pounds) represents a cause for concern for evaluators. Young’s frame will lead to questions about his ability to handle the physicality of the pro game, a factor which initially drove many to think Ohio State’s C.J. Stroud would be the Panthers’ preference. As of three weeks ago, however, signs pointed to Young being the favorite to hear his name called first.

It was reported on Tuesday that Carolina’s decision-makers (including GM Scott Fitterer and head coach Frank Reich) had reached a consensus on the pick. Now, their attention can officially turn towards the rest of their draft capital (which includes four other picks in 2023, owing to the package they sent to the Bears to move up from ninth to first in the order). The team is coming off a 7-10 season, and has a number of other spots to fill out on the roster.

Young, meanwhile, will seek to end the Panthers’ post-Cam Newton woes under center. The team cycled through a number of free agent and trade acquisitions, and even a brief reunion with the former No. 1 pick himself, over the past several years. Now, it Young lives up to his potential, he will be in place as the franchise QB for many years to come.








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