for the 2022 draft, highlighting his quick release and athleticism as being uncommon traits, while also stating that he needed the time to study Madden NFL 23 offensive principles. The reason Simms' claim is appealing is that he's one of the few draft analysts determined about Josh Allen being the best QB at the time of the 2018 draft, vastly preferring him over Mayfield as well as Darnold. Sure, it's just one person's view, but if Simms and the Panthers are correct and Corral could develop into a Madden NFL 23 player, then his selection will be a coup.
With all of this in mind, the picture is beginning to come all of these factors together. Mayfield doesn't just help the Panthers win right now and is also the gilded worm inside the coal mine of McAdoo's offense. It's a low-cost litmus-test to determine whether there is a way to determine if the West Coast adjacent scheme with RPO components will fit with the current skill position roster in Carolina. If it doesn't, Baker takes the heat and can attempt again using Corral after making some adjustments. If that's the case, then there's a fairly decent successorship plan that can pivot between Mayfield to Corral and then keep everything else the same. It's impossible to do this without Sam Darnold, who really isn't a player to be reckoned with based on what the Panthers are trying to accomplish moving forward.
Make no mistake, this was not the best option going forward. The best option would have been to not choose a QB for the 2022 Madden NFL 23 Draft, continue to go through the season with a shaky attitude and then jump into the QB pool in 2023 , when up to around seven to eight QBs might be selected in the first round. The approach that was chosen wouldn't have met the goal that was set by manager Matt Rhule or owner David Tepper, which is convincing people that they can put a team that is winning onto the playing field. The desperation that is Carolina can be felt by a mile which is exactly the goal of this move.
There's an opportunity although it's only there's a glimmer of hope that this ambitious plan will succeed. It's possible that Mayfield will be able to stabilize the ship in 2022 and give Carolina its much-needed instant success while also proving that McAdoo's offense is able to work, and Corral is waiting to step in. That's a lot of dominoes that have to fall the right way and there's a possibility here. Now we wait to see how the Panthers will be the ones laughing at the end of the tunnel, or if they remain to be the butt of jokes.