If Bryce Young wasn’t already considered the top pick of the Carolina Panthers with their No. 1 overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft, his move Monday all but solidified it.

Through widespread speculation that the Panthers were going to select Young with their first pick, the 2021 Heisman Trophy winner canceled all of his remaining pre-draft visits to other NFL teams.

This move seems to confirm what experts already thought: The Panthers have already told Young that they will take him first overall on April 27.

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Bryce Young #9 of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts after throwing a touchdown pass during the fourth quarter of the Allstate Sugar Bowl against the Kansas State Wildcats at Caesars Superdome on December 31, 2022 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

However, this was not always like that. Ohio State’s CJ Stroud appeared to be the favorite to go to the Panthers once they traded with the Chicago Bears for the pick. But Young’s name has surfaced more and more in draft rumors since the trade closed.

Young has already visited the Panthers and the Houston Texans, who have the second overall pick.

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His measurements at the NFL Scouting Combine were of great importance as he does not have the quintessential build of a quarterback in the league. He was 5 feet 10 1/8 inches tall and 204 pounds.

For comparison, Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray, who was taken first overall in 2019, was the same height and three pounds heavier at 207.

Alabama quarterback Bryce Young holds up the Most Outstanding Player trophy as he celebrates after the NCAA Sugar Bowl college football game where Alabama defeated Kansas State 45-20, Saturday, Dec. 31, 2022, in New Orleans. .

Alabama quarterback Bryce Young holds up the Most Outstanding Player trophy as he celebrates after the NCAA Sugar Bowl college football game where Alabama defeated Kansas State 45-20, Saturday, Dec. 31, 2022, in New Orleans. . (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

«I’ve been this size, respectfully, my whole life,» Young said at the time. «I know who I am, I know what I can do. To me, it’s fair. Everyone can speculate, ask me all the questions. I’m going to keep controlling what I can control, keep working to the fullest… I’m confident in myself. I know what I can do».

Young’s size hasn’t deterred scouts from placing him high on their draft board, though, as his filmmaking and cerebral knowledge of the game makes them believe he’ll translate well to the NFL.

Alabama quarterback Bryce Young looks on during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 4, 2023 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Alabama quarterback Bryce Young looks on during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 4, 2023 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

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But as we’ve seen in the past, the NFL Draft may be all smoke and mirrors until Commissioner Roger Goodell announces the first pick. So Young’s NFL future, while believed to start in Carolina, won’t be set in stone until that day.