Who’s the one who fits? Baker Mayfield, and Matt Corral. Then, it’s seriously galaxy brain mental gymnastics to imagine Carolina was adamant about Corral being his future franchise but they wait until the 3rd round before trading for him. The idea that this team is playing chess that way does not give the team much credit. However, there is some hope Corral could become something special.
NBC Sports’ Chris Simms reported Chris Simms of NBC Sports Corral as the No. 1 QB in the 2022 draft, noting his quick release and athleticism as being rare qualities, but he also needed time to grasp Madden NFL 24 offensive principles. What makes Simms’ reasoning compelling is that he was sole draft expert who was completely convinced of Josh Allen being the best QB of the 2018 draft, and vastly preferring him to Mayfield as well as Darnold. Of course, it’s just one person’s opinion, but if Simms and the Panthers are correct and Corral can develop into a Madden NFL 24 player, then his selection will be the perfect choice.
Considering all these factors the picture begins to come all of these factors together. Mayfield not only helps the Panthers win in the present however, he is also the canary within the mine of coal for McAdoo’s offense. It’s a low-cost test to determine if it’s possible that the West Coast adjacent scheme with RPO components will be compatible with the current roster of skilled positions in Carolina. If not, Baker takes the heat and will try again using Corral after making some changes. If it’s successful, there’s a pretty decent successorship plan that can pivot away from Mayfield to Corral while keeping everything else the same. It’s not possible without Sam Darnold, who really offers nothing based on what the Panthers have been trying to achieve moving forward.