The 2022 NFL Draft was unprecedented in the fact that only one quarterback was taken within the first 70 overall picks. The Carolina Panthers finally decided to dip their toe in the QB pool when they traded up to select Matt Corral out of Ole Miss near the end of the third round (No. 94 overall).
Corral landed in a situation that is much more favorable to his chances of starting right away than other QB prospects did. Head coach Matt Rhule has been constantly avoiding the idea of naming a starter before training camp, so here's a look at the Panthers' updated QB depth chart for 2022.
Panthers QB Depth Chart 2022
1. Sam Darnold
Sam Darnold has been on the hot seat ever since he failed to build off a positive start to the 2021 season. The 24-year-old ended up leading the team to a 4-7 record across his 11 starts and posted an underwhelming 59.9% completion percentage. He also threw just 9 touchdowns compared to 13 interceptions and now heads into training camp with an exciting rookie sitting right behind him on the depth chart.
2. Matt Corral
It's not unrealistic to say that a strong training camp performance would catapult Matt Corral into the starting gig. The former Rebels standout thrives when he is able to get the ball out fast and possesses the arm strength needed to beat NFL cornerbacks. Corral finished his college career by logging back-to-back 3,300-yard seasons and accounted for 64 total touchdowns during that span. He's a name for Panthers fans to keep an eye on once training camp starts in July.
3. P.J. Walker
Carolina re-signed P.J. Walker to a one-year deal this offseason after spending the past two years as the team's go-to backup. Despite owning a career 2:8 touchdown to interception ratio, Walker has led the Panthers to a win in both of his two career starts. His 55.7% completion percentage and 81.1 passing yards per game mark leave a lot to be desired, but there's no denying that he lines up as one of the more trustworthy No. 3 QBs in the NFL.
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