Matt Corral on sliding in the NFL Draft: 'I already had a chip on my shoulder, now it's bigger'

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Matt Corral was one of the highly touted QBs coming out of the 2022 NFL Draft.

However, the stigma surrounding this year's class of signal-callers being "the weakest in years," many quarterbacks who generated first-round buzz saw their names get called on day two or three of the draft. This ended up being Corral's faith, getting selected by the Carolina Panthers in the third round with the 94th overall pick.

Despite being disappointed about how the draft went down, Corral said in a press conference at the Panthers' training facility on Friday that he's always had a chip on his shoulder, it's just now the chip will be even bigger.

“100 percent,” he replied when asked by Joseph Person of The Athletic if his slide will serve as motivation. “I mean, I had a chip on my shoulder before. But it just got even bigger. It was, for sure, a roller coaster. Bunch of mixed emotions. When I got that phone call, I have truly never been happy and sad at the same time. I’ve never felt that before.”

The former Ole Miss star couldn't give reporters a reason why he slide so far in the draft. He doesn't seem all that worried about it.

"Truthfully, I don't know where that came from. It's just one of those things that got out there. That was honestly the first time I heard that. That's nothing I can control. I got picked up. I'm here with an opportunity, and that's all I can ask for."

Corral may be in the best position out of all the quarterbacks taken in the draft. The franchise seems to be giving up on Sam Darnold who is in the last year of his contract and will have massive expectations from day one--that's if Corral doesn't beat him out.

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