Throughout the 2023 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.
Below you will find a post-draft roundup for the Carolina Panthers in our consensus 2023 NFL Power Rankings.
ESPN -- Rank: 22
The Panthers finished near the bottom of the NFL in Total QBR the past two seasons using four different starters. Their numbers when pressured are particularly bad. While Bryce Young hasn't played an NFL down, he had a Total QBR of 30.1 the past two seasons when pressured -- that compares to what Patrick Mahomes, Joe Burrow and Trevor Lawrence did in college. He ranked first in passing yards, touchdowns and completions of 20-plus yards and his QBR was 89.9 when blitzed. Unless Young is a bust, he can't help but be a major upgrade.
NFL.com -- Rank: 25
CBS Sports -- Rank: 22
USA Today -- Rank: 19
The Athletic -- Rank: 24
Hype man: With Frank Reich and Josh McCown mentoring the best quarterback in the draft, we're not only set up for years to come, but to make a run in 2023, too.
Damiere Downer: The only downside to misevaluating Young as the top quarterback in the draft over C.J. Stroud and Anthony Richardson is a lifetime of embarrassment and a franchise-crippling outlay of assets. No biggie.
PFF -- Rank: 28
The last time Carolina had a quarterback with a passing grade of at least 70.0 was in 2018 with Cam Newton and Kyle Allen. Bryce Young, who the Panthers drafted No. 1 overall, may be a game-changer after he earned a 91.3 passing grade at Alabama in 2022. And he has a fellow rookie weapon in Jonathan Mingo, who the team selected in Round 2.
Arguably the biggest reason for optimism about the Panthers finally righting the ship is the coaching staff they've assembled. Defensive coordinator Ejiro Evero excelled in Denver in recent years, and senior offensive assistant Jim Caldwell and senior defensive assistant Dom Capers both have head coaching experience.
PFT -- Rank: 25
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