2023 NFL Mock Draft: Expert Picks & Analysis Post-Combine

1. Carolina Panthers: QB C.J. Stroud — Ohio State

After making a blockbuster trade with the Chicago Bears, the Carolina Panthers now are slated to pick first in the 2023 NFL Draft. New head coach Frank Reich has always been known as somewhat of an offensive guru. As such, it comes as no surprise to see the Panthers leap up to grab what they perceive to be their franchise signal-caller.

Between Stroud and Young, we lean to Stroud. His accuracy is excellent, he’s shown the ability to evade pressure and pick up yardage when required with his legs. Plus, Stroud has a far bigger frame than Young does. We think he’ll be able to withstand the rigors of NFL life at a slightly higher level.

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