Ohio State QB Justin Fields Declares for 2021 NFL Draft

Justin Fields Cleveland 2021 Draft Background

  • Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields will forego his senior season to apply for the 2021 NFL Draft.
  • Fields is currently listed second in the odds board to be the no.1 pick of the draft at +1200.
  • Fields could go to the New York Jets, who own the 2nd pick, should they move on from QB Sam Darnold.

Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields announced on Monday that he will be foregoing his senior season to join the 2021 NFL Draft.

Online sportsbook SportsBetting.ag has Fields ranked next to Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence in the oddsboard to be the no. 1 pick of the 2021 NFL Draft. Lawrence is the heavy betting favorite at -5000 while Fields is second at +1200 and Oregon offensive tackle Penei Sewell third at +1800.

Said Fields via Twitter:

“My path to The Ohio State University was not a direct one, but I could not have asked for a better final destination. Growing up, my dream was to one day play the game that I love at the highest level. Now thanks to God’s grace and mercy, along with the help of you all, I am in a position to turn that dream into reality.”

Waiver Approved

Fields played his rookie season at Georgia before transferring to Ohio State at the start of 2019. He received a waiver to be immediately available to play in the 2019 season and right away, he made an impact. Fields put up record-breaking numbers while leading the Buckeyes to the Big Ten title and he was named as finalist for the Heisman Trophy.

As a rookie, Fields became the first player in Big Ten history to throw 40 touchdown passes and run for another 10 in a single season. He led the nation in touchdown to interception ratio at 41-3 and won MVP honors in the Big Ten championship game against Wisconsin while also earning Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year honors.

The Buckeyes won two Big Ten titles with Fields. Ohio State also made two consecutive trips to the CFP for the first time ever. The lost to Trevor Lawrence and Clemson in the 2019 semifinals but got their revenge on the Tigers in the 2020 semifinals before losing to Alabama in the 2020 CFP championship game.

He leaves Ohio State as the school’s single-season record-holder for completion percentage (70.2% in 2020) and passing efficiency (181.4 in 2019). Fields finished his college career with 5,373 passing yards with 63 touchdowns and only nine interceptions. He also rushed for 867 yards and recorded 15 rushing touchdowns.

Serious Talent

Fields was the no. 1 recruit in 2018, one spot of fellow Georgia native Trevor Lawrence. While Lawrence rose to fame by leading the Tigers to the CFP title in his rookie season, Fields played sparingly behind Jake Fromm at Georgia, passing for just 328 yards with four touchdowns. He moved to Ohio State, and it was touch and go from there.

Lawrence is currently the odds on favorite to be selected first by the Jacksonville Jaguars but Fields’ is a serious talent whom the New York Jets could pick 2nd overall if they decide to move on from QB Sam Darnold. Fields’ draft stock rose when he outplayed Lawrence in the recent CFP semifinals.

Regardless of where he ends, Fields is expected to be a first round pick and as such, he will be the second Ohio State quarterback to be drafted in the first round in the last three seasons. The Buckeyes didn’t have a QB first round picks between 1982 when the Colts picked Art Schlichter 4th overall and 2019 when Washington picked Dwayne Haskins 15th in the draft.

On a side note, Ohio State guard Wyatt Davis, the Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year and Buckeyes’ All-Big ten defensive lineman Tommy Togiai also announced on Monday that they will be joining the 2021 NFL Draft which is currently scheduled for April 29-May 1, 2021 in Cleveland.

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