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Could the Carolina Panthers Select a Quarterback in the NFL Draft?

The strongest position on the roster from top to bottom might be quarterback however that won't stop the Carolina Panthers from taking a closer look at some of the prospects.

The Carolina Panthers have the reigning league MVP in Cam Newton as well as a former Pro Bowl quarterback in Derek Anderson however this doesn't mean the front office won't take a closer look at some of the prospects in this draft class. According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the Panthers are expected to meet with Dak Prescott

In addition to the Panthers, Prescott is expected to meet with the Buffalo BillsPhiladelphia Eagles and Arizona Cardinals.

At first glance it might not make sense for the Panthers to consider drafting a quarterback considering they have Newton and Anderson, along with Webb, leaving little room on the roster for another quarterback. However, the Panthers may consider a player like Prescott as the long-term answer to being the backup to Newton.

While Anderson is the perfect quarterback right now for the Panthers because he has the experience as a starting quarterback and he played well in two starts in 2014. However, he is only under contract for the next two seasons and is currently 32 years of age.

Meanwhile, Prescott has a similar skill set to Newton and with two years of development could step into this offense, with limited changes to the play-calling. While at Mississippi State, Prescott showed an ability to make plays not only through the air but on the ground. As Rob Rang wrote in his scouting report, it is easy to compare him to Tim Tebow because of their playing styles. 

If Prescott is still on the board in the later parts of the draft, it wouldn't be a bad idea for the Panthers to take a chance and give them a solid backup for the foreseeable future behind Newton.

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