The new era of the Carolina Panthers officially began on Thursday during the first NFL Draft held in Kansas City, Missouri, the home of the defending Super Bowl champions, the Chiefs.
A couple of months ago, the team playing in Charlotte, North Carolina, did not have the first pick in the draft; that honor belonged to the Chicago Bears, who, despite having the worst record in the past regular season, already have what they think is the quarterback of their present and future.
Therefore, Carolina and Chicago came to an agreement and negotiated for the Panthers to have the first pick in the draft, a situation that had not happened since 2011, when they chose what is, to this day, the face of the history of one of the youngest franchises in the NFL, Cam Newton.
When NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced that with the first pick of this draft, the Panthers chose the University of Alabama quarterback, Bryce Young, it became clear that the goal of this young prospect is to achieve practically the only thing Newton did not achieve in Carolina, winning a Super Bowl.
Cam Newton led the Panthers to play in and lose Super Bowl 50 to Peyton Manning‘s Denver Broncos. However, since then, they have only made it to the playoffs once in seven seasons, and since Newton first left the franchise in 2018, they have had a different passing leader every year and have never won more than seven games, always with losing records.
Who is Bryce Young?
Bryce Young is considered a prospect capable of changing the face of this franchise, as he won the Heisman Trophy for the best collegiate player in 2021, and despite not repeating the feat in 2022, his ability to extend plays and be precise in his passes make him an extremely special talent.
The new head coach of the team, Frank Reich, now has his favorite toy, and we’ll see if he lives up to expectations.
Young is the first quarterback chosen first overall in the NFL Draft since the Jacksonville Jaguars chose Trevor Lawrence from Clemson University in 2021.