Panthers ranch has ‘big chip’ on shoulder after draft fall

matte coralUnexpected elimination in the third round of 2022 NFL draft is gone carolina panthers‘ A rookie quarterback with a bit of motivation at the start of his professional career.

“To be honest, I used to have a big chip on my shoulder, but it got bigger,” Coral said after practicing for the first minicamp on Friday.

Corral traveled to Las Vegas last month as part of an NFL Draft fest, but left the Green Room on his first night unnamed. he didn’t come back He spent his second night in a nearby hotel room with his family, waiting to be selected.

The Panthers, who needed quarterbacks, traded late in the third round to get him and didn’t get up until the 94th overall, ending what the former Miss Ole signal caller called “the emotional rollercoaster”.

“I’ve never been truly happy and sad at the same time,” Corral said of the phone call. “I’ve never felt that way.”

Corral did not provide an explanation for the free fall.

He commented on the NFL Network report shortly after the draft that turned the team through him because he had “alcohol and related problems” in his past.

“I don’t know where it came from,” Corral said. “It’s one of those things out there. To be honest, that’s the first I’ve heard of it. It’s not out of my control.”

Panthers coach Matt Rhule downplayed these reports, saying the team talked to college roommates, teammates and coaches and the feedback was “you’re going to love him.”

“I’m more interested in the problems people have now than the problems people have overcome,” Rhule said. “I certainly don’t want to be judged as an 18, 19 or 20 year old (age). We’ve all gone through different things in life.”

A potential first-round draft pick dropped Corral and cost his rookie contract millions of dollars, but the reality is that he’s landed in a position with a chance for long-term success. The Panthers don’t have a solid quarterback.

Sam Darnold struggled with 13 touchdown passes and 19 interceptions last year, and his grip from the starting point is meager at best. PJ Walker is the only returning QB. Rule said it would benefit the rookie’s “ground” for all Carolina strikers to learn the new system under their new attacking coordinator, Ben McAdoo.

Rhule reiterated that the Panthers could add a veteran quarterback in just the right situation.

Cleveland’s Baker Mayfield is one of the players the Panthers could consider, but only if the Browns are willing to pay a large portion of his salary. The same goes for Jimmy Garopoulo of San Francisco.

The Panthers are already capped at $18.9 million after opting for a five-year option on Darnold’s deal last year and can’t afford other expensive signal callers.

Rhule sees Darnold as a starting pitcher and plans to slowly bring in Corral, giving college time to transition from playing in spread attacks to a more traditional NFL system.

Corral said his immediate goal is to be in a competitive position, but that’s not his biggest concern at the moment.

“In the end, you just know the playbook,” Corral said. “If I knew the playbook, I would be ready to play … of course my ethos is to be a starting pitcher, but now I’m trying to get on that 53-man roster.”

Panthers’ rookie offensive tackle Ikem Ekwonu said he liked seeing him at Corral in the hurdles on day one.

“It’s cool, calm and calming,” Ekwonu said. “Just practicing this morning can help you see the balance in your pocket and make you feel like he’s ready for the spot.”

Rhule said the Panthers like Corral’s moxi.

“I thought the way he throws the ball, his vision, his release and his timing would get to this level.” Rule said.

AP news report

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