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Carolina Panthers 2023 NFL Draft Odds: New QB Tops Wish List

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The Carolina Panthers have had five different leading passers over the last five seasons. None of them panned out. 

From Cam Newton (the waning years), to Kyle Allen, Teddy Bridgewater, Sam Darnold and finally Baker Mayfield, it’s been a real slog. The Panthers have tried in their quest to find a QB to lead the team on another run similar to the glory seasons of 2013-17, when they went to the playoffs four times in five years, including a Super Bowl berth. It just hasn’t worked.

With the No. 9 overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft, the Panthers are in a good spot to get one of the Big Four quarterbacks in the draft. But it’s likely only one of them at most will remain by No. 9, and the Panthers may have someone else in mind. 

Bookies.com oddsmaker Adam Thompson has used his resources of NFL contacts developed over 20 years covering the league and the NFL Draft to create his hypothetical NFL futures odds on who gets selected first by the Carolina Panthers in the 2023 NFL Draft. 

Carolina Panthers 1st Round Pick Odds (No. 9)

Player College Odds Implied Probability
Anthony Richardson, QB Florida +275 26.7%
C.J. Stroud, QB Ohio State +300 26.7%
Will Levis, QB Kentucky +355 22.0%
Bryce Young, QB Alabama +550 15.4%
Myles Murphy, DL Clemson +650 13.3%
The Field N/A +480 17.3%

Odds are projected and do not reflect any odds that may be available at legal betting sites or betting apps.

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Who Will The Panthers Take In The NFL Draft?

Carolina is available around +5500 to win Super Bowl 57 on NFL betting markets. Last year at this time its Super Bowl odds were +10000. This team is trending in the right direction.

Mayfield and Darnold each started six games for the Panthers, and P.J. Walker started the other five. Darnold (92.6 QB rating) was the only one who was even semi-competent (Walker was at 78.0 and Mayfield 74.4, two of the bottom three marks in 2022). 

None of them are under contract for 2023, allowing for another reset at the game’s most important position. Matt Corral, last year’s third-round pick, missed all of last season (foot injury) and is the current QB1 on the depth chart. 

While the Panthers have other issues to worry about, quarterback is top of the list. 

The question is, if they do indeed go QB, which one do they get, if any? At No. 9, they must defer to the Houston Texans (No. 2), Indianapolis Colts (No. 4) and Las Vegas Raiders (No. 7), and perhaps even the Atlanta Falcons (No. 8). 

The Panthers, along with the Texans and Colts, have been part of most of the speculation in terms of moving up to get their desired QB. 

Anthony Richardson Odds To join The Panthers 

And in many of those mocks, they’re moving up to get Anthony Richardson. The Florida product comes out of the draft with the least amount of experience and the most questions about his passing acumen, but also with some of the best tangibles of any QB in recent memory. Richardson may be worth the least amount of wins right out of the gate, but he could own the highest ceiling.  

Carolina may feel it can reach for C.J. Stroud of Ohio State or Bryce Young of Alabama – expected to go 1-2 in no particular order – if the Bears trade their first-overall pick. Stroud is the one Panthers brass has reportedly atop their chart. QB coach Josh McCown compared Stroud to Joe Burrow; that’s a good indication they’d be ecstatic to land him. 

Strong-armed Kentucky QB Will Levis has been linked to Carolina as well. 

Carolina is highly likely to look to QB with their first pick, whenever it comes up. But there are other issues, including Edge rusher, linebacker and cornerback. Clemson edge rusher Myles Murphy, Oregon cornerback Christian Gonzalez and Ohio State receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba could also be under consideration if on the board at No. 9. 

Complete list of Panthers 2023 Draft Picks

  • Round 1 (Pick 9)
  • Round 2 (Pick 39)
  • Round 2 (Pick 61, from SF)
  • Round 3 (Pick 93, from SF)
  • Round 4 (Pick 114)
  • Round 4 (Pick 132, from SF)
  • Round 5 (Pick 145)
     
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