Panthers Attend Bryce Young And C.J. Stroud’s Pro Days | But Former All-Pro Linebacker Thomas Davis Says They’re Enamored With Anthony Richardson

Panthers Attend Bryce Young And C.J. Stroud’s Pro Days | But Former All-Pro Linebacker Thomas Davis Says They’re Enamored With Anthony Richardson

BIG DRIP /  Sports   /   Mar 23rd, 2023   /   0 COMMENTS

The Carolina Panthers brass are making the rounds as they prepare to make the first pick in the 2023 NFL Draft. On Wednesday they watched and interviewed Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback C.J. Stroud air-it-out in Columbus. Then on Thursday they’ll get to watch Alabama Crimson Tide Bryce Young do his thing in Tuscaloosa. This will be Young’s first field work in front of NFL teams after he opted to not throw or take part in any drills at last month’s NFL Combine. 


But according to former Panthers All-Pro linebacker, Thomas Davis told the “NFL Total Access” crew that some of the Panthers decision-makers are fascinated by former Florida Gators quarterback Anthony Richardson. 


“I think it’s going to be a very, very surprising pick in Carolina,” Davis said coyly. “If this pick happens, who I think they are in love with, I’m not a fan of it. I just know there are a couple guys upstairs that are enamored with the physical ability of Anthony Richardson.”


If the Panthers make Richardson the No.1 overall pick, it would definitely be a shock with much options the aforementioned Young and Stroud sitting there. While, Richardson’s physical attributes are off-the-charts, he’s not in the same stratosphere as either one of those signal callers as it pertains to playing that position from the neck up. Physical attributes aside, Richardson’s 53 percent completion percentage along with 17 touchdowns and nine interceptions in 12 games are a cause for concern. They must also remember he isn’t anywhere near as NFL-ready that Cam Newton was in 2011. 


Davis Isn’t On Board With That Possibility, Likes Young


Not that the opinion of Davis will matter in who the Panthers decide to take with the pick, but the former Panthers legend did say he could see Bryce Young would be the choice for him. 


“I think he would be a great fit for this organization,” Davis said of Young. “Look at his resume. The kid was a Heisman Trophy winner last year for a reason. And then when you put guys around him like Alabama had, play in the SEC, the highest level of competition in college football. I just think he would come in and fit well in Carolina, if they were going to draft. 


“But I don’t think he’s going to be their pick.”


Davis, may be right or he could be wrong, no one knows and the Panthers will do their due diligence before deciding on which signal caller to select. 


Stroud Fits Frank Reich’s Bill


At Stroud’s pro day on Wednesday, Reich was front and center watching the six-foot-3 and 215 gunslinger operate in front of the cameras and once again he didn’t disappoint. He was just as locked-in as he was at last month’s NFL Combine, showing off his pinpoint accuracy and ball placement.


His ability to make every throw was always known, but how he performed against Georgia in the College Football Playoffs when things broke down put him firmly in the conversation to go No.1 overall.


Reich likes bigger QBs, and Stroud is bigger than Young, but Richardson is bigger than both. 


With all that being said it still comes down to Stroud and Young.

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