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Matt Rhule Reveals First-Round Draft Strategy Following Sam Darnold Trade

Larry Rupp
Carolina Panthers head coach Matt Rhule revealed the team's first round draft strategy following the Sam Darnold trade.
Carolina Panthers head coach Matt Rhule revealed the team's first round draft strategy following the Sam Darnold trade. / Grant Halverson/Getty Images
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The Carolina Panthers made headlines last week trading three draft picks for quarterback Sam Darnold. He joins Teddy Bridgewater at what is now a deep position. This trade seems to have taken the Panthers out of consideration when it comes to where the first-round QB prospects will end up.

Head coach Matt Rhule mentioned that acquiring Darnold allows the team to address other positions of need through the draft. Their No. 8 overall pick could be used on anything from an upgrade along the offensive line to a new offensive weapon or even a defensive starter.

Panther First Round Strategy

While Rhule didn't completely rule out taking a quarterback, he did reveal that the Panthers have a specific strategy in mind when they are on the clock at the end of the month.

"We’ll look at anything and everything. I do think with the eighth pick you take the best available player. Now, if two guys are close, you take the guy that fits your need as well.”

Matt Rhule

Carolina will be in a great spot to grab an elite talent as it is possible that up to five quarterbacks could be taken before the No. 8 pick. That would allow the Panthers to draft someone they may not have originally thought would be available.

Plus, it allows a great opportunity to trade back and build up some draft capital. No matter the case, the Panthers are one team in the top 10 that no one truly knows what to expect from. But judging from Rhule's latest comments, it'll all depend on who is gone and who is available by the time their spot rolls around.


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Larry Rupp is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Larry Rupp also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username phillyfan424. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel. 

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