If the Carolina Panthers had . . . one shot, or one chance . . . to renovate the 2021 NFL draft . . . and take a quarterback . . . would they catch it . . . or simply let it slip (once again)?
Lose yourself a year back in time with Pro Football Focus lead NFL expert Sam Monson and discover. Monson just recently rewound on last spring’s draft—establishing a comparable circumstance for the passer-needy Panthers.
As Carolina’s No. 8 total choice showed up, Ohio State University quarterback Justin Fields and University of South Carolina cornerback Jaycee Horn—like they really did 14 months earlier—stayed on the board. But, understanding what we do now with the franchise much more desperate for a response under center, does Monson pass up Horn and grab Fields?
Nope. Snap back to truth.
“The Panthers would have to give serious consideration to going offensive line here the way Miami did, with Creed Humphrey the best-graded center in the game as a rookie, but taking a center in the top-10 would be unprecedented in the modern era,” composes Monson, who later on sends out Fields to the Denver Broncos at No. 9. “Ultimately, they stick with their decision and re-draft Horn. Horn looked impressive right out of the gate, allowing just one catch in three games before he was lost for the season.”
Time will inform if Horn was the best choice for this group, specifically provided the reality that Fields wasn’t the only outstanding novice passer on the board. That doesn’t, nevertheless, make him a bad choice.
Horn, as Monson mentions, flashed practically whatever you’d wish to see out of a future shutdown star in the restricted time he had. We saw the mind-blowing athleticism, we saw the swagger and we saw the outcomes—and we’ll see plenty more in 2022.
What we have yet to see, however, is an efficient strategy from this company for the most essential position in the sport. And despite the fact that Fields didn’t precisely set the football world on fire in his opening project, a minimum of in package rating, there’s a lot of guarantee to be taken advantage of progressing.
Well, the beat goes on . . . da-da-dom, da-dom, dah-dah, dah-dah.