Panthers discuss trading down from No. 6 pick with multiple teams

Posted: 13/04/2022 in NFL
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The Carolina Panthers have talked to multiple teams about potentially trading down from the sixth overall pick in this year’s draft, sources told NFL Network’s Mike Giardi.

Carolina owns just one selection in the first three rounds; the team’s next pick is in the fourth round (137th overall). The Panthers traded second- and fourth-round choices in 2022 to the New York Jets in exchange for quarterback Sam Darnold last year.

Quarterback is one of Carolina’s biggest needs. However, many experts consider this year’s class weak at the position. Panthers general manager Scott Fitterer recently admitted he isn’t sold on the QB prospects in 2022 but didn’t close the door on drafting one.

Darnold tossed just nine touchdowns against 13 interceptions through 12 appearances last year. The Panthers also played Cam Newton (five starts) and P.J. Walker (one start) in 2021, but both failed to pass for more touchdowns than interceptions.

This is the third straight season in which the Panthers own a top-10 selection. Third-year head coach Matt Rhule has mainly focused on his defense in the draft since joining the team; he took defensive tackle Derrick Brown seventh overall in 2020 and cornerback Jaycee Horn at No. 8 in 2021.

The 2022 NFL Draft takes place April 28-30.

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