Carolina Panthers Will Draft Oregon’s Justin Herbert
The Carolina Panthers will select Oregon’s Justin Herbert in the 2020 NFL Draft if all goes according to plan.
Heading into April’s big event, it is no secret that Carolina is looking to make a change at quarterback.
Cam Newton is perpetually injured, and even if by some unforeseen circumstance the Panthers opt not to move him this year, they still need his replacement. Kyle Allen and Will Grier made it abundantly clear in 2019 that they do not have what it takes to fill that role.
Thus far, the Panthers have been linked to Joe Burrow, Tua Tagovailoa, Herbert and Jordan Love. The problem is, many of the teams selecting above them also need quarterbacks. That means there is a very good chance that, at the very least, both Burrow and Tagovailoa will be off the board by the time they are picking.
Panthers GM Marty Hurney was waiting for Justin Herbert after he finished throwing to tell him good job 👀 pic.twitter.com/pvdamQq8s8
— Andrew Groover (@APGroover) March 13, 2020
Herbert, though? Maybe not.
Which explains why team general manager Marty Hurney went to Herbert’s Oregon Pro Day this past Thursday, and why he was the only league general manager present. After the fact, Hurney was seen talking with the young quarterback after he finished his workout.
Does that mean it is a guarantee that Carolina takes Herbert with the seventh overall pick?
The team may trade up for someone else. Or, he may be off the board by the time they are up to bat. But if Herbert is still around at No. 7, and if the Panthers are still in possession of that selection, it would not be all that shocking to see him get chosen to serve as the heir apparent to Newton.