NFL media analyst Daniel Jeremiah released his mock draft 2023 for the selection process.
Jeremiah has Ohio State quarterback CJ Stroud picked No. 9 overall for the Carolina Panthers.
With defensive tackle Jalen Carter going to the Chicago Bears at No. 1, Alabama QB Bryce Young is the first quarterback off the board at No. 2 — followed by Will Lewis at No. 4.
Stroud is the third quarterback selected in the Jeremiah mock draft.
The Panthers, who went through a carousel of quarterback options this past season, have yet to make a contract decision on current starter Sam Darnold. The franchise selected QB Matt Corral in last year’s draft, but he was injured during the preseason.
Here’s Jeremiah’s reasoning for keeping Stroud at No. 9:
Sam Darnold put up some solid performances for the Panthers late in the season, but I still believe they will look to the draft to find their long-term solution to this situation. Stroud is big, strong and accurate. He displayed some creativity and athleticism against Georgia, and it was a pleasant surprise for evaluators.
If the Panthers are looking for a new quarterback option in this year’s draft, Stroud has some excellent value at the No. 9 position.