CJ Stroud will be selected in the top 5 of the upcoming 2023 NFL Draft barring insane circumstances. The former Ohio State quarterback is arguably the best quarterback in the class, and it has many wondering which NFL team will draft him come April.

Perhaps more importantly, which team would fit Stroud best? Pro Football Focus’ Trevor Sikkema weighed in on the topic for Stroud, also listing the best fit for Bryce Young, Will Levis and Anthony Richardson.

If we’re being honest, the Panthers would be an ideal landing spot for any of these young quarterbacks. They’ll have a new head coach, which means a fresh start for Carolina at two leadership spots. Plus, they have an improving offensive line, good young running backs to lean on for now and a go-to playmaker in the passing game in D.J. Moore — not to mention one of the NFL’s best young defenses that should be on the rise in the next few seasons.

Stroud falling to Carolina at 9 seems pretty unlikely, but the Panthers could potentially trade up with Chicago or Arizona for his services, depending who the Houston Texans target between he, Bryce Young and Will Levis.

We’ll find out Stroud’s landing spot on April 27!

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