Panther Plan: Could Jim Harbaugh and Andrew Luck Reunite in Carolina?

Micheal Robinson@nyyrobinsonSenior Analyst IIJanuary 4, 2011

A few things are certain when the 2011 NFL Draft rolls around in April.

The Carolina Panthers are picking first and they currently do not have a coach.

If Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck decides to enter the draft, the Panthers will take him, two high-ranking team officials said Tuesday.

What makes this even more interesting, Stanford Head Coach Jim Harbaugh could be taking his services to the NFL.

Now he could end up with the Denver Broncos, who Standford buddy John Elway is running.  That is never out of the question.

I do believe, if Harbaugh doesn't stay with Stanford or go to Michigan, he will end up with the Broncos or Panthers if he jumps to the NFL.

If Harbaugh chooses the Panthers, you can already see this playing out before your eyes.

Luck will make the jump to the NFL and be coached by his Stanford head coach. 

The jump to the NFL is no joke, just ask players like Ryan Leaf, Alex Smith, or Vince Young.

However, how comfortable would it be for Luck to go into the big boys league, and be coached by someone he knows like a father.

Of course, Harbaugh could choose to stay in college and with Stanford, and if he does that, I think Luck will stay with the team.

It looks like it will be a case of monkey-see and monkey-do for Luck and Harbaugh, but you got to imagine that the two of them are discussing things over.