2023 NFL Mock Draft: Expert Picks & Analysis

2. Carolina Panthers: QB Bryce Young — Alabama

Alabama’s Bryce Young is arguably the most polished quarterback in the pool. The SoCal product is an excellent passer of the football, exhibiting great touch, accuracy, and plenty of arm strength. Young is adept at reading defenses and has already shown a great mind for the game. At this point, the primary concern some evaluators have of Young is his size. The diminutive gunslinger is generously listed at 6-feet, 195-pounds. While that could be an issue for some teams, we’ve seen similarly-sized QBs (Kyler Murray and Baker Mayfield) go No. 1 overall in recent years.

The Panthers desperately need to get this draft right. Carolina hasn’t drafted this high since selecting Cam Newton first overall in 2011. They’ve eschewed early quarterback picks over the last few years in favor of veteran options (Mayfield, Sam Darnold, Teddy Bridgewater). The franchise is gasping for a spark, and Young could be the player who provides it.

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