Scott Fitterer would “feel comfortable” with a couple of QBs at No. 6

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It’s no secret that the Panthers are in the market for a quarterback and General Manager Scott Fitterer didn’t attempt to say otherwise at a pre-draft press conference on Tuesday.

Fitterer told reporters that he informed Sam Darnold that the team plans to add a quarterback this week because they “want to stabilize” the position. That stabilization could come in the draft or in a trade for a veteran like Baker Mayfield or Jimmy Garoppolo.

With two days to go before the first round gets underway, Fitterer wasn’t showing his cards when it came to that path. Any move for a veteran is unlikely to happen before the first round and Fitterer did his best to keep people thinking about the Panthers taking a quarterback  at No. 6.

“I would feel comfortable with one of them, or actually a couple of them, at six,” Fitterer said, via Steve Reed of the Associated Press.

Kenny Pickett and Malik Willis have been seen as the likeliest quarterbacks to come off the board first, but the Panthers also spent time with Matt Corral, Sam Howell, Desmond Ridder, and Bailey Zappe during the pre-draft process.

42 responses to “Scott Fitterer would “feel comfortable” with a couple of QBs at No. 6

  1. Sorry but that’s a smoke screen. There is no one out there drafting any of these QBs in the top 10 or even Top 12.

  2. Willis seems way ahead of the rest, but Ridder is very intriguing. I got him going ahead of Pickett.

  3. Somebody is going to move up to grab Pickett before them, and if they take Willis they will be in “QB development” mode for the next three years until finally trying something else.

  4. Anything a GM says during the week of the draft can be safely discounted as a head fake. This means that they are not, in fact, considering a QB at 6…

  5. I would play that game too where he is sitting. Act like you might select one and see who is willing to move up.

  6. I would play that game too where he is sitting. Act like you might select one and see who is willing to

  7. Funny stuff, well Scott if you do draft a QB at pick 6 you will not be employed long.

  8. “I would feel comfortable with one of them, or actually a couple of them, at six.”
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    Gee, that didn’t sound like a lie. “Oh wait, I forgot I was trying to choose between two quarterbacks to take at 6.”

  9. The main problem with taking a QB at #6 is that he will be put on the field well before he’s ready. First round QBs rarely get the chance to sit.

    Why not build around Darnold and then go after a QB next year if it doesn’t work out?

  10. They want a QB to compete with Darnold right now, so Willis won’t be the pick. Willis throws like Tebow and needs a year of coaching to fix his horrendous release. Corral or Pickett should be their options, but not at 6. Nobody wants to pull a Giants and draft one of these guys in the top 10 when they could get them in the 20’s or even the second round.

  11. For once it would be nice if the panthers weren’t fit, fitter, or fitterer, but fitterest.

  12. I think this is a weak draft class for qb’s. I don’t see any of these guys as a can’t miss talent. To be completely honest I think even the best of this qb group is a 2nd day talent. At best! Bu then again I’m just Bill Tobin’s postman.

  13. Unless there is a very desperate and not too bright GM (and coach) that reaches for a QB that wouldn’t even be on most draft boards in other draft years all of them should be available in the second, third and maybe even the 4th round.

    Not a great draft for day 1 starters, besides the first 10 to 20 or so picks this draft is about building depth and developing players for 2 or 3 years down the road which would mean going after a QB on the 2nd or 3rd day.

  14. We’ll see what a few of these GMs are made of on Thursday. A team like the Panthers should ignore the trade chart and drop back to mid-teens and try to pick a 2nd plus whatever else they can get. If there hasn’t been a run on QBs when their pick in the teens is up, try and drop back to mid/late 20s and pick up another 2nd or 3rd.

    Then take their QB in the late 1st so they have a player with a 5th-year option that gives the team an extra year to see what they have. If I were to make a guess, the Chiefs are going to trade one of their 1st to a team using this strategy.

  15. It’s smoke and mirrors week. Taking a QB at six does not qualify as smoke. It qualifies as a laugher with the other GMs.

  16. Honestly, QB wise, the only transaction that would make sense, is to swap this 6th pick for a first round pick next year, plus whatever a team is willing to give on top of it, since it’s a high pick. There isn’t any QB this year’s draft, worthy of a first round grade, and the likes of Mayfield or Murray is not the answer at all.

  17. If Darnold was in this draft people would be clamoring for him at #6. Yet those same people want to see Fitterer fired for taking one of those available in this draft, which said player likely has a far better chance of becoming a good QB. I’d be hard pressed to be critical of him for taking Willis, Pickett or Corral at 6.

  18. All this coming form a guy that a year ago was so confident in Darnold’s abilities that he first traded away draft capital then immediately picked up his 5th year option.

  19. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with taking a QB nobody in their right mind would take at 6. :/ (Giants fan here).

  20. Sounds like a clear attempt to make a team, that wants a specific QB badly, trade up in the knee-jerk fear that someone else will get “their guy”.
    And the GM here does indeed like multiple QBs in the draft, he could still get one while acquiring more draft capital.
    I get why he said it. I just don’t buy it very much.
    Sounds more like he isn’t sure what his best value is at pick #6.
    Or perhaps he’s worried about all the holes he needs to fill and would prefer to have more picks than just one really high one.

  21. There probably shouldn’t be a QB going in the top-10 this year, but inevitably a team will reach. After that another team will panic and really reach.

  22. docsweeney says:
    April 26, 2022 at 2:49 pm

    Sorry but that’s a smoke screen. There is no one out there drafting any of these QBs in the top 10 or even Top 12.
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    Are you kidding me? The top position in football and you think non of these crappy teams are going to grab one of these QBs out of sheer desperation, to say the least? Just like none of you thought Kyler Murray was going No. 1. When will you learn?

  23. Any GM reaching for a QB in the first round of this draft,… he’s either going to be a genius,…. or more likely Unemployed.
    To be honest,.. Putting all the tangibles together,…I think the best QB is Ridder. Perfect for Detroit sitting at 32.

  24. The Lions should go ahead and say this same thing about the #2 pick. Some boneheaded front office will leap that high for a QB in the worst draft class since ‘13

  25. Look at Lawrence and Wilson from last year. Two “can’t miss” prospects who are in danger of having their careers and potential ruined by poorly-run teams.

    Any of these QBs could be worth a first-round pick for a good team. Teams that are poorly run starting at the owner level, like the Panthers, are build to squander any player they get.

  26. supercharger says:
    April 26, 2022 at 2:57 pm
    Willis seems way ahead of the rest, but Ridder is very intriguing. I got him going ahead of Pickett.
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    Willis won’t be facing talent levels seen against Army, Borth Texas, Middle Tennessee… How did he do last season against ranked teams? Against #11 Mississippi, he was 16/25 for 173 yards 0TDs/3 INTs, 27 rushes for 71 yards and 1 TD. Against #16 Louisiana, 14/34 for 162 yards 2TDs/2INTs, 20 rushes for 28 yards. Good luck in the NFL as a QB rushing 20 times a game. Yeah, he seems ahead of the rest. SMH.

  27. This draft seems more about hype than drafts of previous years. Supposedly there are no good skill players. Supposedly all these QBs are worse than last years. After watching Trevor Lawrence, Zach Wilson, Trey Lance, and Justin Fields, I am starting to wonder if the NFL hype machine at the GM and scouting level is believing their own hype. Either they believe their own hype, or they don’t take into account their own teams’ disfunction. Or some combination of those..

  28. evhfan316 says:
    April 26, 2022 at 3:12 pm
    Smoke. No QB is worth # 6 overall in this draft. Trying to trade down.
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    Calling Mahomes a project is a major understatement. He’s nowhere near ready to play in the NFL. And, honestly, he may never be. Between his inconsistent accuracy due to poor mechanics, his tendency to bail from clean pockets and his lack of field vision, he’s going to leave as many big plays on the field as he creates. This was a risky pick.
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    The most important factor for any of these QB’s is to go to team with a stable regime and a great offensive architect. No offense to Fitterer or Panthers fans but the last place I’d want to go as a possible 1st round QB this year is a team like the Panthers, whose head coach will likely be fired after this season.

  29. docsweeney says:
    April 26, 2022 at 2:49 pm
    Sorry but that’s a smoke screen. There is no one out there drafting any of these QBs in the top 10 or even Top 12.
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    With there being 3 and maybe 4 QB needy teams(Panthers, Seahawks, Falcons & NYG?) drafting in the 5th to 9th spots I believe you will be wrong and at least 2 of those teams will draft a QB and also there are two other teams(Saints & Steelers) that could move up to draft a QB and we all know how desperation, the “fear of missing out” and panic figures into QB’s being drafted too early in almost every draft in the last decade or more! So I think there will be at least 2 QBs that go in the top 12 picks as bad as this QB class is.

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