Matt Corral fell in NFL Draft to Panthers due to alcohol, depression, ‘unreliable behavior,’ per report

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Talk surrounding Matt Corral during his last season at Ole Miss centered around him being a top prospect in this week’s NFL Draft.

It didn’t work out that way for the Rebels quarterback after sliding to the third round late Friday to the Carolina Panthers.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported a number of concerns from NFL team, including the Panthers, with Corral, contributing to his slide down the draft board.

“He dealt with a multitude of issues including alcohol and related issues,” Rapoport said. “He admitted publicly to battling depression. He has had ‘unreliable behavior’ off the field and he really, really struggled in some interviews with teams.

“That said, the talent is enough to make the Carolina Panthers take its shot with Corral.”

Rapoport also reported the Panthers believed Corral had the best game film of quarterbacks in the draft.

In four years at Ole Miss, Corral threw for 57 touchdowns and 23 interceptions while completing 67.3 percent of his passes for 8,287 yards. He also ran for 1,338 yards and 18 TDs.

“It was definitely an emotional rollercoaster for sure,” Corral said of his slide, per The Associated Press. “You just have to control what you can control. I felt like I put my best foot forward (in the draft process) and you just got to let go and let God take control.”

Corral was the fourth quarterback taken in the draft following Pitt’s Kenny Pickett, Cincinnati’s Desmond Ridder and Liberty’s Malik Willis.

Mark Heim is a sports reporter for The Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @Mark_Heim.

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