When NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell took to the podium to announce the Carolina Panthers’ first-round pick last Thursday, many expected the name “Justin Fields” to come out of his mouth. Except not.
As we know it now, the name was Jesse Horn, the remarkable corner of the University of South Carolina. But what we didn’t know, at least until today, was why the Panthers betrayed the talented Fields with their obvious need for a quarterback.
Well, head coach Matt Rule jumped on the show The Rich Eisen on Tuesday to explain why it was Horn and not Fields (or even McJones) who was worth the eighth overall selection of the 2021 project.
Rule’s theory for two is great. . . as long as Sam Darnold doesn’t stink completely, as in New York. It will also help if Fields doesn’t become an absolute superstar for the Chicago Bears, who traded until the 11th slot to grab it, and if Horn becomes a weird, exclusionary corner, Rhule and general manager Scott Fitterer prepare it for.
Only time will tell. Until then, the pressure on – for Rhule, Fitterer, Horn and, perhaps especially, Darnold.