The Carolina Panthers are widely regarded as the team that will take the first quarterback off the board in the 2022 NFL Draft. However, the latest reports suggest that just may not be the case.
NFL Draft experts have Carolina taking either Kenny Pickett out of Pittsburgh or Malik Willis from Liberty with the No. 6 overall pick, but a new report indicates the Panthers would rather trade out of their first pick. Mike Giardi, citing league sources, reports that the Panthers have spoken to “numerous teams” about trading down from No. 6 overall in the 2022 NFL Draft.
Giardi pointed out that the Panthers won’t have another selection until No. 137 and could see them targeting a quarterback in the mid-first round in order to acquire more capital for the draft.
Carolina’s second-round pick belongs to the New York Jets due to the Sam Darnold trade, its third-rounder is with the Jacksonville Jaguars due to the C.J. Henderson trade and an early fourth-round pick is with the Jets as well.
The team is still trying to build their roster, so dropping back for more picks would make some sense.
Wanting to trade and actually finding a trade partner could be difficult.