NFC South QB power rankings heading into Week 1

Where does Derek Carr stand in a somewhat average NFC South quarterback room?
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3. Bryce Young, Panthers

Speaking of Young, here he is. The former Alabama quarterback came to Carolina as a guy the Panthers invested a whole heck of a lot in, having traded up to the number one pick earlier in the offseason. When the team made that trade, they knew who they were picking. It was always going to be Young.

His accuracy, intelligence and awareness are all top-notch. The kid is NFL-ready, and he showed us exactly that during the preseason. He was accurate with his ball placement and showed us some veteran-type plays when under pressure.

Young enters Week 1 of his first season with some underrated weapons, too. Not too many people are talking about the Panthers having a solid receiving core, but it truly is not as bad as some make it out to be. Adam Thielen will be a nice security blanket for Young, and he can still run fantastic routes. The rookie, Jonathan Mingo, may end up being the team's WR1 in a hurry. He's extremely talented and has formed a bond with Young, already.

Then, there's the speedster D.J. Chark, who is a respectable pro and offers great upside as a WR3.

Young's scrambling ability also puts him a leg-up on some other quarterbacks around the league, and he'll use that aspect of his game when he needs to. But, he doesn't depend on it.