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How Panthers Trade to No.1 Could Clarify Colts QB Pick
By Andrew Moore,
After a massive trade between the Carolina Panthers and the Chicago Bears, the Indianapolis Colts will likely be down two options at quarterback.
Chris Ballard said at the NFL Scouting Combine that he was confident the Indianapolis Colts would get the best player in the draft despite only holding the No.4 overall pick.
"I think we'll get the best player in the draft to be quite honest with you," Ballard said. Why? "Because we're at four. I mean, that's a great position to be in."
The Colts' general manager better hope he is right because there is no longer a chance his team will pick at the top of the draft.
On Friday evening, the Carolina Panthers traded up with the Chicago Bears for the No.1 overall pick. The Panthers gave up their 2023 first-round pick (No.9 overall), a 2023 second-round pick (No.61), a 2024 first-round pick, a 2025 second-round pick, and their top wide receiver D.J. Moore to the Bears to move up to No.1.
The aggressive move by the Panthers was to ensure that they could select the quarterback of their choosing. The franchise has been in QB purgatory since the team parted ways with Cam Newton after the 2019 season.
With the Panthers moving to the top of the draft, and the Houston Texans expected to take a quarterback at No.2, the Colts could be looking at two quarterbacks off the board before they pick.
With that in mind, which quarterback will the Panthers and Texans choose? And who does that leave for the Colts?
It is time to empty the notebook and spill what I know, based on various reports and speaking to people in the industry I trust, about which quarterbacks will go where on April 27.
There are 45 days until the NFL Draft, and the teams in the hunt for rookie quarterbacks are beginning to zero in on their targets. On April 27, I expect Stroud to be a Panther, Young to be a Texan, and Richardson to be a Colt.