Carolina Panthers QB search for 2022 could be heavily influenced by the 2018 draft class – Carolina Panthers Blog

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – If you’re still trying to understand what new Carolina PanthersBen McAdoo, offensive coordinator, meant Tuesday when he declared Sam DarnoldBefore he was backtracking, he was his starting quarterback “That wasn't something I should have said”Perhaps his 2018 interview with The New York PostIt will help.

McAdoo was looking for work after being fired by The New York GiantsAt the time, he rated the quarterback draft classes for the newspaper. He had Wyoming’s Josh Allen No. 1, Louisville’s Lamar Jackson No. 2, Southern California’s Darnold No. 3, UCLA’s Josh Rosen No. 4, Oklahoma State’s Mason Rudolph No. 5 and Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield No. 6.

Fast forward to 2022 and the Panthers search for a franchise QB, and his assessment is pretty accurate for a coach that prides himself in evaluating quarterbacks. McAdoo identified Jackson and Allen as the most successful. Other quarterbacks, some with major issues, have failed.

Mayfield was No. Mayfield was No. Cleveland BrownsDarnold No. 3 to the New York Jets, Allen No. 7 to the Buffalo BillsRosen 10th to 11th Arizona CardinalsJackson 32nd to The Baltimore RavensRudolph 76th (third Round) to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

McAdoo said Darnold was his starter. Consider this: There are reports that the Panthers might trade for Mayfield after the draft. League sources confirmed that it remains an option, depending upon who Carolina selects at No. 6.

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Ben McAdoo confirms that Sam Darnold is the Panthers' starting quarterback at the moment, after wishing that he hadn't revealed that during his press conference.

Mike Tannenbaum is an ESPN analyst. He is the general manager at ESPN. Miami Dolphins2018: Mayfield is not being sold in Carolina on Carolina trading. Mayfield became an expendable player after Browns traded. Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson.

He shared some of McAdoo’s concerns about Mayfield four years ago.

“I’d take a good player at six and go draft and develop my own quarterback,’’ Tannebaum said of the Panthers.

That McAdoo later quantified his naming of Darnold as the starter with “the way it is in the building right now’’ and declined to comment on Mayfield or the 2022 quarterback class is worth paying close attention. Remember Darnold P.J. WalkerCarolina's only quarterbacks under contract are

It’s also worth noting that McAdoo said he was a “big swing for the fences kind of guy’’ when it comes to what kind of quarterback he wants.

Both Allen and Jackson were huge swings that paid off in Baltimore and Buffalo. Allen was selected for the 2020 Pro Bowl (and declined to serve as an alternate). He has guided the Bills to their third consecutive playoff appearance with a 34-15 record. Jackson was the 2019 NFL Most Valuable Player. His 37-12 record makes him a two time Pro Bowl selection.

The combined 54-79-1 score for Mayfield (29-30), Darnold (17-30), Rosen (3-13), Rudolph (5-4-1), and Darnold (17-32) is Rosen is a free agent that has been with four other teams since the Cardinals traded him to Miami because new coach Kliff Kingsbury made Oklahoma’s Kyler MurrayThe best pick of 2019

This raises the question of: Is Mayfield really a better option than Darnold's? Would the Panthers be better off swinging for the fence in this year’s class featuring Liberty’s Malik Willis, Pittsburgh’s Kenny Pickett and Mississippi’s Matt CorralWhat are the top three choices in next week’s draft?

“I’m not comfortable talking about that right now,’’ McAdoo said.

In this time of smokescreens and posturing, you can’t blame him.

McAdoo felt at ease in 2018 however. McAdoo was comfortable in 2018.

McAdoo and Mayfield back then “He’s got an edge to him, I like that. He’s gonna lead, they’re gonna follow him. I didn’t see a lot of pro-style football in his college tape. And if you’re short you have to be able to make up for it some way, somehow, and personality doesn’t do that. I didn’t think he was a great athlete. This guy is kinda like a pocket quarterback that is short and with small hands, that’s what I worry about.’’

Today: Mayfield still is short (6-foot-1) by quarterback standards and his hands haven’t grown. Darnold is he an upgrade? According to ESPN Stats & Information, some but not much. Mayfield's 2021 Total QBR score of 35.1 was 27th among NFL players. Darnold ranked 29th at 33.2. Both Mayfield and Darnold ranked close to the bottom in league completion percentage at 27th (60.5) versus 28th (59.5). Both had 13 interceptions and tied for 19th. Mayfield’s biggest edge was in touchdown passes, 17 to Darnold’s nine. Now, fast forward to 2022 and McAdoo's comments about small hands. Pickett's 8.5-inch hands are the biggest concern. They are the third-smallest among all quarterbacks at the combine since 2003.

McAdoo was back then with Darnold “The kid the Jets drafted has a lot of magic in his game. … I’d just have a hard time drafting a guy in the first round where you don’t necessarily like the way he throws. He can overcome it, guys have, but that’s something that’s a challenge for me.’’

Today: Darnold’s footwork has been a concern since the Panthers traded for him. Darnold's four-season record includes 52 interceptions and 54 touchdown passes. But McAdoo noted Darnold still “has some magic in his game’’ and he’s seen “flashes he can be a good player.’’

Tannenbaum says it’s “apples to oranges’’ which is better. Like McAdoo, there were things he liked about Mayfield in 2018 in terms of “athleticism and competitiveness, arm strength.’’ He, too, was concerned about size and speed.

His concerns with Darnold in 2018 were turnovers, and that hasn’t changed.

Tannenbaum sees the 2022 class much like 2018 in that it’s “pot luck’’ because each has flaws.

McAdoo agreed, saying each has their “intricacies.’’ Beyond that, he’s not declaring anything.

“You’ve got all these different flavors out there,’’ he said. “It’s just what are you looking for.’’

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