1. Carolina Panthers
Despite what new offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo might say it would be shocking for the Panthers to head into the season with Sam Darnold as their starting quarterback. Darnold has spent four years as a starter and has disappointed in each one of them. He isn’t a franchise quarterback and will hold back what looks to be a solid Carolina roster.
There is the odd Robby Anderson situation to consider, however, Anderson has spent a large portion of his career with Sam Darnold and his opinion should hold little weight in the organization. Anderson underachieved last season with the Panthers and could still be traded or cut, despite the distraction of his remarks they should hold no weight in whether or not Baker ends up in Carolina.
Mayfield is a clear upgrade over Darnold both in the energy he brings and the numbers he has put together in his short career. If the Panthers decide not to select a quarterback with the 6th overall pick what reason is there not to take a chance on Mayfield? One could argue Jimmy G would be a better fit considering his track record of winning, however, Mayfield comes at a far cheaper price with far less risk. Getting Mayfield to Carolina and allowing him to compete with Darnold is a great move for the franchise one that will give them a chance to compete for a wildcard in the 2022 season.