Carolina Panthers sending massive contingent to Ohio State Pro Day
Carolina is sending its entire draft-day war room to Columbus for Ohio State’s Pro Day on Wednesday. The Panthers, owners of the No. 1 overall pick in next month’s 2023 NFL Draft after a trade with the Chicago Bears, are sending a massive contingent to presumably check in on quarterback CJ Stroud.
According to The MMQB’s Albert Breer, Panthers personnel expected to be in attendance include owners David and Nicole Tepper, GM Scott Fitterer, assistant GM Dan Morgan, Vice President Samir Suleiman, head coach Frank Reich, offensive coordinator Thomas Brown, QB coach Josh McCown, senior assistant Jim Caldwell, scouting director Cole Spencer, and area scout Joel Patten.
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Anyone with a say in who the Panthers ultimately draft will be in attendance.
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The Panthers are expected to pick a quarterback, it’s just not yet clear who that quarterback will be. Alabama’s Bryce Young? Kentucky’s Will Levis, who ESPN’s Mel Kiper has the Colts trading up to No. 3 to select in his latest mock? Or Stroud?
Carolina recently added veteran passer Andy Dalton in free agency to provide a guide for whomever it picks. After deals for Baker Mayfield and Sam Darnold failed, the Panthers are still looking for the next multi-year star.
Kiper has Stroud going No. 1 overall in his mock, saying the latest rumblings he has heard lead him to believe Stroud has a slight edge over Young in the eyes of the Panthers.
Stroud measured in at 6-foot-3 at the NFL Scouting Combine. He has the size, he has the arm, and he has the tape.
In 2 seasons as the Buckeyes’ starter, he completed 69% of his throws for 8,123 yards (9.8 per attempt) and 85 touchdowns against only 12 interceptions. Both seasons featured 40-plus scores and only 6 interceptions each. Stroud led all qualified quarterbacks in total QBR in 2021 (91.6) and finished 3rd last season (87.7).
Ohio State’s Pro Day will be closed to the public but it will be streamed on NFL Network+, with the network sending on-air talent to Columbus. ESPN will also have on-site coverage.