Justin Fields is worth tanking for a season to acquire via 2021 NFL Draft.
There are several teams who should sacrifice success in 2020 to draft Justin Fields, who looks like a franchise quarterback in the making.
An Ohio State Buckeyes star, Fields had a successful season in 2019. The sophomore transfer finished third in the Heisman voting and as a finalist for the Davey O’Brien Award. With 41 touchdowns passes to three interceptions, the junior seems to be in position to have another Heisman-caliber season in 2020. With so much potential, there are five NFL teams that should accepting tanking for a year and set their sights on drafting Fields in 2021.
This offseason, the Carolina Panthers inked quarterback Teddy Bridgewater to a three-year deal. Shortly after, the team parted ways with longtime quarterback Cam Newton. While Bridgewater fills in this season, the Panthers should consider Fields if things go south.
Bridgewater is a solid bridge quarterback. While the Panthers have an MVP-caliber running back in Christian McCaffrey, there are question marks with their offensive line and nearly every position on defense.
The Panthers are clearly rebuilding and are in no way a threat to any team inside the NFC South. Therefore, the Panthers should tank for Fields. In the process they should look to strengthen their offensive line. In Carolina, it may be a smart move to let Fields sit through the beginning of his rookie year.
However, they will have a long-term solution by drafting Fields and give hope to a team that has seen their entire team gutted the past year.