The Carolina Panthers have reportedly come to a consensus on their forthcoming No. 1 overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft. According to NFL writer Kevin Patra, head coach Frank Reich and GM Scott Fitterer  met Monday and were able to come to a final agreement on who will be selected with the pick.

Of course, they have no plans to reveal their pick until Thursday at “about 8 o’clock” when the draft is scheduled to kick off.

“He came into my office yesterday at some point, and asked the question,” Reich said, via Patra. “It was kind of like a proposal of sorts. And I said yes (laughs). There is consensus, and we’re excited.”

Leaguewide expectation is for the Panthers to select Alabama quarterback Bryce Young, but odds for Kentucky’s Will Levis have skyrocketed in the past 24 hours. Ohio State’s CJ Stroud and, though a long shot, Florida’s Anthony Richardson are possibilities too.

The Panthers have done their due diligence in meeting every top QB in the class, and vetted their selection well according to Reich.

“There was ebbs and flows during the process.” Reich said. “… I don’t want to say there’s any drastic change of mind, but there’s ebbs and flows of how much you like a guy. And that’s why you have to resist the temptation of making your mind up too early, right? So I thought we as a scouting staff and coaches did a good job of not falling into that trap. Just take it for what it is. Take it day by day. Go on these visits, watch tape. Go through the process. Continue to evaluate and talk it through.”

We’ll know Carolina’s selection very soon. The 2023 NFL Draft is set to start Thursday, April 27 at 8 p.m. on ESPN.