Carolina Panthers Draft: Is Justin Fields the best QB in 2021 class?

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Could Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields be the next franchise signal-caller for the Carolina Panthers?

The Carolina Panthers might be on the lookout for their quarterback of the future if things do not go according to plan with Teddy Bridgewater in 2020. There is every chance the former New Orleans Saint can make the most out of this opportunity. But it won’t take long for the natives to get restless if their free-agent signing shows signs of struggles early on.

If Bridgewater fails to live up to expectations. It should put the Carolina Panthers in a position to select one of the top quarterback prospects in the 2021 NFL Draft. This includes Ohio State standout Justin Fields, who has the scope to be a day one starter and someone that can transform the fortunes of a struggling organization.

The signal-caller was a five-star recruit coming out of high school. And it’s safe to say he has more than lived up to his billing so far. Fields has the dual-threat ability that is currently all the rage in the NFL. And it would be a significant surprise if the prospect did not take another giant step in the right direction with the Buckeyes in 2020.

Whether the Panthers would be willing to part with a high-end draft pick on a quarterback will ultimately come down to Bridgewater’s production. If he plays well and Carolina still ends up with a lowly record, then the franchise might end up passing on a signal-caller in favor of Oregon’s stud offensive tackle Penei Sewell or Penn State’s ferocious linebacker Micah Parsons.

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If things go in the opposite direction, then the Panthers are going to mark Fields as a player of considerable interest. His ceiling is enormously high. And although there is no such thing as a bulletproof draft pick these days. The player could be as close as it gets.