Carolina Panthers head coach Frank Reich has no problem at all with the height of his future franchise quarterback. After receiving quite a few questions about short QBs during a press conference on Monday, he set the record straight.
“Don't read anything into the fact, I had a high grade on Russell Wilson too,” he said with a laugh, according to Panthers reporter Darin Gantt.
Wilson is listed at 1.8 metres, or 5-foot-9, whereas Alabama's Bryce Young, projected to be the No. 1 overall pick by ESPN's Adam Schefter, is 1.78 metres and around 5-foot-8 and a half.
It's becoming increasingly obvious that the Panthers will pick either Young, Ohio State's CJ Stroud, Florida's Anthony Richardson or Kentucky's Will Levis with the No. 1 pick in the 2023 NFL Draft.
“I believe all four of these guys will make an impact in this league,” Panthers' Frank Reich said on Monday.
The Panthers’ brass will go to all four pro days over the next 10 days, and according to Schefter, Carolina already has a favorite.
“They made the bold move last week to trade up to get to No. 1. And now, they’ll sift through the quarterback options,” Schefter said on Thursday’s episode of NFL Live. “And I think going into the process of evaluating the quarterbacks, I think that Bryce Young is the favorite to become the No. 1 overall pick.”
The Panthers traded the No. 9 overall pick last week, as well as the 61st overall pick, a 2024 first-rounder, a 2025 second-rounder and wide receiver DJ Moore to the Bears for the first pick.
If Bryce Young does indeed have his name called by the Panthers on Apr. 27, he will certainly be one of the shortest opening day quarterbacks in the NFL — and could also be one of the most talented.