Carolina Panthers draft Matt Corral, QB Matt Corral, in 3rd round.

CHARLOTTE N.C. — Friday night was filled with reports about the possibility that the Carolina PanthersTrade for disgruntled Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker MayfieldScott Fitterer, general manager, waited patiently before trading into the third round. Ole Miss' Matt Corral.

Fitterer wasn't entirely against adding a veteran in the quarterback room. Sam Darnold, P.J. WalkerCorral also stated emphatically that the Panthers were “happy” with the group they have.

Fitterer, who was speaking after Day 2 of the contest, stated that “I never put an absolute upon anything.” NFL draft. “We went into this weekend with the intent of finding a quarterback. And that's exactly what we did. We are going to follow this group.”

The Panthers spent much time evaluating five of the top quarterbacks in the draft. However, after selecting NC State State, they left tackle. Ikem EkwonuCarolina was the sixth overall pick on Thursday. Carolina didn't have another pick until the fourth.

Fitterer had earlier told Darnold that he was planning to add another quarterback this weekend. However, he didn't need to trigger a trade in round two as no quarterback was being taken. Kenny PickettThe No. 20 to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

After Desmond Ridder (Atlanta Falcons) and Malik Willis (Tennessee TitansFitterer knew the price would be significantly cheaper and made his move in the third round. Carolina's fourth round pick (No. 137), and the third-round pick for next year to the New England PatriotsCorral at No. 94.

ESPN was informed by a league source that Fitterer had always drafted a quarterback. However, Fitterer has not completely ruled Mayfield out of the draft if the Browns agree to pay a substantial portion of his 2022 salary ($18.58million).

They never came close enough to reach an agreement.

Fitterer, who was part the Seattle SeahawksThey selected the front office for 2012 Russell WilsonIn the third round. “We needed to find a young man to help us develop this team's future.”

Corral, 23 years old, finished his four year tenure at Ole Miss with an impressive 67.3% completion rate. He completed his four years at Ole Miss with a 67.3% completion percentage. In 2021, Corral was able to throw 20 touchdown passes for five picks. He also ran for 614 yards in the past season.

Matt Rhule, Panthers coach said, “He's got one of the fastest releases we've ever seen in any quarterback in quite some while.” “The fearlessness with whom he plays. … He just keeps working hard to improve his game.

He is a young developmental quarterback and has all the necessary physical tools. He seems to also have the mental makeup.”

The attraction of the Panthers to Corral was not just statistical. Rhule was struck by the way Corral's teammates rallied to him to catch passes while he waited for television networks to give him permission to throw his pro-day.

Rhule also mentioned how teammates rallied around Corral following his injury in the Sugar Bowl. In a 2019 interview, he said that there were no concerns about Corral's struggle with depression.

Rhule said, “We're going bringing him along slowly,” adding that Darnold would be the starting pitcher if the season began Friday. We're going train him from scratch. He has much to learn. He's got lots to learn. I am still extremely motivated to get Ickey yesterday to meet Matt Corral today.

“Shoot! I can't wait to see tomorrow. This and Kenny Chesney. Charlotte could not be more beautiful

Rhule was referring Saturday's performance by country music star at Bank of America Stadium.

Corral was ready to start, period.

He said, “Being an NFL football quarterback has been something I have wanted to do since I could be 6 years old.” “I don't know what to say. “I couldn't be happier to go back to work and play football again.”

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