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

1. Carolina Panthers: QB Bryce Young — Alabama

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.

Young seemingly is the guy Carolina has zeroed in on. We can’t really blame the Panthers. Aside from Young’s height being a slight deterrent, he checks the boxes in every other category. The Los Angeles native plays with terrific poise, is battle-tested from his days in the SEC, has enough whip on his throws to be effective, and — above all else — is a winner. For a franchise needing a jolt of professionalism, Young is the building block in creating a winning culture.

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