Jonathan Stewart came out of college as a 235-pound running back who could run a 4.44 40 time.
Considered by some to be the top running back prospect in the 2008 draft, Stewart proved to be a well-rounded back who was picked up by Carolina with the 13th overall pick.
After being drafted, Stewart had one obstacle in his way: Panthers new star DeAngelo Williams, who led all running backs in touchdowns in 2008.
Even with Williams getting the bulk of the carries, the Panthers' heavy running game gave Stewart plenty of chances.
In his rookie season, Stewart had 184 carries for 836 yards, posting a 4.5-yard average. He also had 10 touchdowns, leading all rookies.
With the combination of Stewart and Williams, the Panthers had the most talented backfield.
Stewart showed that he has the size to take it up the middle and the speed to run through the secondary. He is a very talented back who seems to excel at most aspects of the game.
He reminds me of Earl Campbell in that he runs through people and has an extra gear when breaking big runs.
Now let's look into his second season. Even though he only started three games, he led the team in carries due to the injury that Williams suffered.
In his second season, Stewart had 221 carries for 1,133 yards, while once again scoring 10 touchdowns.
Stewart proved that he can be a No. 1 back, and he had made the Panthers the only team two running backs with over 1,100 yards.
Stewart has shown that if you feed him the ball he can produce. He had five games with over 100 yards and one 200-yard performance. The 200-yard game came against the Giants, in which Stewart helped the Panthers punish the Giants 41-9.
I believe that Jonathan Stewart will be a starter and top running back in the near future.