Matt Corral | Ole Miss 6’2” 212 lbs. | 1/31/1999 (Age 23)
Matt Corral was drafted with the 30th pick of the third round by the Carolina Panthers, becoming the fourth quarterback and 94th overall player selected in the 2022 NFL Draft.
Matt Corral was a four-star recruit coming out of high school where he turned down offers from Alabama, Georgia, USC, and Michigan among others, choosing Ole Miss. He played in four games in 2018 but was able to red shirt. Corral started four games in 2019 before going down with a painful rib injury, missing a few games and rotating in part-time when he returned. He broke out in 2020 and was named a Manning Award finalist after leading the FBS in total offense per game (384.3 yards), ranking ninth in passing efficiency, seventh in passing touchdowns with 29, and seventh in passing yards with 3,337 in 10 starts.This past season he started all 13 games, finishing with 3,349 yards, 20 TDs, and five INTs. He added 614 and 11 TDs rushing as well.
After missing his team’s bowl game with a high ankle sprain, Corral chose not to participate in any of the athletic tests at the NFL Combine. Instead, he just did passing drills and scripted passing workouts at the combine and his pro day. Corral is a dual-threat QB with feet nearly as quick as his lightning-fast release throwing the ball.
Rapid Reaction to Draft Capital: Below-Average
Rapid Reaction to Landing Spot: Great
Matt Corral was selected with the 94th overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft by the Carolina Panthers.
As a prospect, Corral is decisive and operates with an excellent release to challenge tight window throws, and possesses the touch to drop in challenging throws in the short to intermediate. His biggest knock as a passer is on his deep ball, which sometimes hits brilliantly but can be inconsistent. He creates run-after-catch opportunities with his pinpoint short-to-intermediate accuracy. Corral is an above-average runner but is currently too cavalier, and he is not built to take the pounding at the next level. Durability and concerns about off-the-field reliability forced his slide in the draft. The Panthers are about the best possible landing spot for Corral, as they have struggled to get consistent play from Sam Darnold. Additionally, Matt Rhule is known as a “players’ coach” who can relate and help get the most out of Corral, and hopefully, keep him on track. The draft capital will force Corral down into the mid-second round of dynasty rookie drafts.
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