Player: Matt Corral

Team: Carolina Panthers

Selection: 94th Overall (Round 3 // Pick 30)

 

On the latest episode of the Razzball Fantasy Football Podcast, Bobby LaMarco and Donkey Teeth welcome in Sky Guasco to discuss former Ole Miss quarterback Matt Corral and what his potential fantasy value is as a rookie in Carolina. To hear our full analysis, check out the YouTube video included with this article. And see where Corral ranks on our new consensus rookie rankings for 2022 fantasy football dynasty leagues and 2022 fantasy football ADP pages!

 

Some would argue that if not injured during Ole Miss’ New Year’s Day bowl game, Matt Corral might have been the first quarterback selected in this draft class. Pure talent and collegiate accolades on the football field put him above the rest in my opinion. Unfortunately, he did suffer a bad ankle sprain just six plays into the Sugar Bowl against No. 7 Baylor. Ole Miss averaged over 33 points per game last season. They mustered only a touchdown after Corral’s injury. Question marks surrounding his health and the ability to take on a pro-style offense could have caused Corral to be selected as the fourth QB in this class behind Kenny Pickett (Steelers), Desmond Ridder (Falcons), and Malik Willis (Titans). Corral’s numbers were decent his Senior year, but his Junior season was actually better; for the most part. In 2021, as a Senior, Corral put up 3,349/20/5 with another 614 rushing yards. Impressive, but as a passer, 2020 was a better season for Corral. In three fewer games, he threw for 3,337/29/14. That was on 60 fewer pass attempts than his Senior season. He also rushed for 506 yards. When healthy, he could add 50-60+ fantasy points with his legs. Always a plus for mobile quarterbacks. 

 

Corral isn’t the only one with question marks in Carolina though. The Panthers’ offense was dreadful last season. They were last in team passer rating average and 31st in yards per pass attempt. Even so, they were 16th in team passing play average. Meaning they were trying to keep the passing game a focal point of the offense although inefficient. Once Christian McCaffery went down, so did the offense. Sam Darnold was actually quite impressive for the first four games throwing five touchdowns and rushing for another five while adding three 300-yard passing games. In his final seven games though he collapsed for just four touchdowns and threw 10 interceptions. He did not record another 300-yard game after Week 4. CMC missing time obviously hurts, but that can’t be the only excuse for Darnold and the Panthers. DJ Moore and Robby Anderson still bring upside and CMC should be healthy to start 2022. If Darnold does struggle again, I expect Corral to get a shot. If he does, he could really surprise with this offense. He’s a late-round dynasty grab with long-term upside. To hear our full analysis, check out the YouTube video above or listen to the podcast audio below.