Matt Corral selected in third round of the 2022 NFL Draft
Matt Corral is off the board. The standout quarterback from Ole Miss was selected by the Carolina Panthers with the No. 94 pick in the third round of the 2022 NFL Draft.
Corral’s professional career begins after 4 seasons at Ole Miss. A one-time 5-star recruit from California, Corral signed to play for then-coach Matt Luke’s Rebels. In 2 seasons under Luke, Corral made 14 appearances. He played in 4 games in 2018, which allowed him to redshirt as a freshman. In his second year, Corral made 10 appearances, including 4 starts, splitting playing time at quarterback with John Rhys Plumlee.
Lane Kiffin took over as Ole Miss head coach ahead of the 2020 season, naming Corral his starting quarterback for Game 1. As the full-time starter, Corral thrived in the Rebel offense under Kiffin and Jeff Lebby, becoming just the third Ole Miss QB in program history to tally 20 passing touchdowns in back-to-back seasons.
Corral was a highly sought-after QB recruit for his passing capabilities, but in his Ole Miss career, he also showed he was a running threat, particularly in his final collegiate season. In the 2021 regular season, Corral threw for 3,334 yards and 20 touchdowns while rushing for 597 yards and 11 TDs. No other QB threw for 3,000 yards and rushed for 400 yards in the 2021 regular season, per Nick Suss of the Clarion Ledger. Corral’s 11 rushing TDs in 2021 were third-most among Rebel QBs all-time in a single season.
Corral won the 2021 Conerly Trophy for best college football player in the state of Mississippi.