NFC South QB power rankings after final preseason game

Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Baker Mayfield
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3. Bryce Young, Panthers

Last time we did these rankings, Panthers rookie quarterback Bryce Young came in at no. 4 on the list. The reason was simple, too. Young is a rookie and at that time, hadn't set foot on an NFL field. Now that we have seen some of the former Alabama standout in the preseason, it is relatively safe to move him up.

Throughout his exhibition action, Young showed several instances where he looked ready for the pros. Whether it was sensing and avoiding significant pressure, making on-time throws on crossing routes or even his anticipatory touchdown pass to Adam Thielen, Young was sharp. He looked every bit of a first overall pick.

His best performance of the preseason came in his final game, too, as Young threw for 73 yards on 7-of-12 passing, a touchdown and also adding 21 yards with his legs.

Carolina's offensive weaponry might be a little underrated, too, if Young's performance this preseason was any indication. Adam Thielen made some plays. Rookie Jonathan Mingo looked tremendous. Young might actually have enough to work with as a rookie, when it is all said and done.