As the 2020 NFL Draft continues to draw closer, there are a ton of differing opinions about where Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert will end up. Some believe he will be drafted by the Miami Dolphins, others think the Los Angeles Chargers will end up getting him. While those two teams make sense, the Carolina Panthers would be a perfect fit for him.
Carolina is entering a new era of football under first-year NFL head coach Matt Rhule. Things are changing and there is a chance that Cam Newton may not end up being back when everything is said and done.
Newton suffered a season-ending injury in 2019 early in the year. It was a rough blow for him, but it gives the Panthers a chance to start fresh. There is no other option that would give them more of a fresh start than drafting Herbert.
Standing in at 6-foot-6 and nearly 240 pounds, Herbert is the ideal size for an NFL quarterback. He has a strong, accurate arm and has put up the numbers to match the hype. In 2019 with the Ducks, Herbert completed 66.8 percent of his pass attempts for 3,471 yards, 32 touchdowns, and just six interceptions.
Those numbers show why the Panthers should consider him at No. 7 if he is available. Carolina needs a change of pace and this would be that.
All of that being said, let’s dive in to two major reasons the Panthers and Herbert would be a perfect fit for each other.