Bryce Young was the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL draft and immediately took over as the Carolina Panthers starting quarterback. The Panthers know Young will not be a ‘forever thing but are banking on him being their quarterback for a long time.’

You have to go back to 2011 when the franchise drafted Cam Newton No. 1 in the draft to remember when there was a similar amount of excitement around a quarterback who was viewed as a franchise quarterback. Young has embraced Charlotte and that will go a long way toward himself being viewed as a savior.

Bryce Young

All reports from those in the know indicate that Young has shown command of the offense during offseason workouts. Next up is finding out how he handles a real pass rush and defenses that gameplans for him.

It was initially thought that Young would battle newly signed veteran Andy Dalton for the starting job. But Young quickly ended the competition relatively quickly. How fast Young develops just how much of a factor Carolina will be in the NFC South. If he can avoid the typical rookie mistakes and become a playmaker, the Panthers have a chance to end a string of five straight seasons without a winning record or a trip to the playoffs.

Carolina traded with the Chicago Bears to move from the ninth pick to first overall to select Young. The 2021 Heisman Trophy winner at the University of Alabama has given the Panthers hope.