The Carolina Panthers were linked to nearly every quarterback in this year’s NFL Draft class, though Kenny Pickett and Malik Willis were the names that were brought up most often. As it turned out, the Panthers selected Matt Corral out of Ole Miss. Panthers general manager Scott Fitterer revealed the biggest reason why the team drafted Corral, as reported by Panthers Wire of USA Today.

“So when it got to this year’s class, we did lean on him and his expertise,” he added. “And he really likes Matt Corral’s quick release, his mobility in the pocket, his ability to see the field. So, he had a strong conviction on him and Ben McAdoo’s a big reason why Matt is here.”

Fitterer said that Panthers offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo played a big role in the selection of Corral. McAdoo, formerly the head coach of the New York Giants, was rumored to have pushed the organization to draft Patrick Mahomes back in 2017.

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His other past evaluations, such as that of the 2018 class of signal-callers, have proven to be accurate, as pointed out by Fitterer. Most recently, the Panthers new play-caller loved Corral’s “quick release, mobility, and ability to see the field.”

Those are traits that helped Corral complete 67.3 percent of his passes while throwing for 57 touchdowns against 23 interceptions while running for over 1300 career yards with 18 scores on the ground in four seasons.

The Panthers will have to hope that McAdoo really saw something in Corral, given the state of their quarterback position this past year.