The 2023 NFL Draft is right around the corner, but the debate about which quarterback will come off the board No. 1 overall continues to rage on.

As of Tuesday, ESPN’s Todd McShay has dropped his latest 4.0 mock draft looking at this year’s class. For now, McShay has the Carolina Panthers opting to go with CJ Stroud over Bryce Young with the pick.

He appeared on ESPN’s “Get Up” Tuesday morning to discuss and explain his pick. While McShay does believe it is still a razor-thin conversation, he pointed toward Stroud’s durability, size and ranking as the top pocket passer in this year’s draft class.

“It’s a razor-thin debate when you start talking about these top two QBs. Ask Mike T, any general manager would love to have this opportunity when you have a draft and you move up to no. 1 and have two elite QB prospects — not one but two,” said McShay.

“With Bryce Young, it really comes down to are you comfortable about him staying healthy for a 17-game NFL season, year after year. Tua Tagovailoa has struggled with his durability, Young has been more durable in college, he had his shoulder injury… for a few weeks, but can he stay healthy? What he brings is magic and creativity and poise and the ability to extend plays that CJ Stroud simply doesn’t bring.

“But, Stroud is bigger, he’s sturdier, he’s been more durable and he’s the best pocket passer in this class.”

We’ll see if Stroud does indeed become the first pick in the draft, but it sounds like there is growing momentum for the Buckeye star to land with Carolina.

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