Panthers GM: Didn’t tell Young that he’ll be No
CHARLOTTE, N.C.– Carolina Panthers basic manager Scott Fitterer made it clear Tuesday that Alabama quarterback Bryce Young has actually not been informed he will be the leading choice of the NFL draft.Fitterer’s remark came 24 hr after Young canceled the rest of his pre-draft check outs. Carolina has the No. 1 choice when the draft starts April 27. “That was a choice he made on his
own,” Fitterer said at the group’s pre-draft press conference.” I just refer you to his reps and to Bryce as to the why. “With speculation heightening that Young will be the top choice over Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud, Fitterer likewise made it clear that Young’s size(5-10, 204 pounds) will not be a factor.Editor’s Picks 2 Associated Fitterer advised everyone that he remained in Seattle in 2012 when the Seahawks picked 5-11 Russell Wilson in the third round which Wilson had only three balls batted down at the line of scrimmage his final year at Wisconsin. He then noted Young had just 2 this past season.” This does not seem to be a concern,”Fitterer stated of Young’s height.”When you mature a shorter quarterback, you find out how to develop your game and adjust and
see the field. He’s done that.”Stroud, who was at Bank of America Arena for his pre-draft visit Tuesday, was thought about the early favorite to be the top choice because, at 6-3, he more closely resembled every quarterback new Carolina coach Frank Reich has dealt with over the previous 17 years.Reich has never had a starting quarterback under 6-2. But over the previous few weeks, with Reich insisting Young’s height wasn’t a factor and lots of draft experts concurring Young was the better quarterback in big part due to the fact that of his capability to process, momentum has actually shifted to the 2021 Heisman
Trophy winner from Alabama.Fitterer restated that he still hasn’t asked Reich whom he would choose however stated he thinks they’ll be on the same page once he does ask.”The factor I didn’t want to ask [Reich] that concern was I didn’t want to block our minds to where we, like, made that choice back in March,”Fitterer said.”However we do see things the very same way. We value the same characteristics, the exact same attributes.
There’s particular things we really want, and that’s where the clarity originates from.”Fitterer stated the group continues to talk about all four quarterbacks– Young, Stroud, Kentucky’s Will Levis and Florida’s Anthony Richardson– brought in for pre-draft visits.But a source near the scenario informed ESPN midway through the procedure that Young and Stroud were the 2 quarterbacks being
considered for the top pick and recently reiterated that hasn’t altered. The source also said those were the 2 quarterbacks the Panthers were most focused on when they traded with the Chicago Bears to
move from the ninth pick to first overall.” I ‘d dislike to be at 9 right now trying to figure this out,”Fitterer said. “So I know we made the ideal choice to go up there. The next step is going to be execution on draft day and giving these guys the resources they need beyond that to be effective.”This is a big choice for the company. We don’t wish to lock on to something early on simply to decide that’s our man. We wish to keep this process open all the way through.”Fitterer likewise stated he wasn’t seeking to trade out of the choice– something he exposed a month earlier– however added that the Panthers will”always get the phone and listen.
“The only downside on Young the whole time has been his size, however his general frame and weight might factor into sturdiness.” Nutritionally, we can do some things to educate him,”Fitterer said.”
When we get him into the weight space, you see when you truly take a look at his lower body [that] he’s gotten bigger. He’s placed on a great deal of mass down there.”
A great deal of times quarterbacks don’t wish to raise upper body due to the fact that they get a little bound up. However he’s naturally going to put on size as
he ages.”Fitterer said Wilson was around 206 pounds in 2012 and has bulked up to the 215-220 variety.”That’s something he can manage, something we can help him with,”Fitterer stated of Young.