After one year in Columbus, it appears Justin Fields is off to the 2021 NFL Draft
As we inch closer to the month of September, many conferences are choosing to postpone their football seasons until the Spring. Among them are the Big Ten and the Pac-12, which has caused some high profile players to make tough decisions about their future; Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields is among them with the 2021 NFL Draft looming in a short time.
With the Buckeyes likely to make their move to the Spring, a horrible idea for all involved, Fields seemingly is opting to declare for the 2021 NFL Draft instead. Pro Football Network’s NFL and draft insider Tony Pauline is hearing he is on the verge of hiring an agent:
"“There’s been a lot of speculation as to what Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields is going to do. Several people I’ve spoken with tell me he’s close to signing with an agent. That means, short of a shocking announcement, his college football days are over.”"
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This is the right move for Justin Fields
When you are consistently being mocked as the second overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft in a vast majority of mock drafts at this point in the season, there is only one direction your stock can go. In a quarterback-dependant league, teams will come to get them early and often in the draft, and after his 2019 campaign, the Heisman-finalist is a hot commodity.
Mocked directly behind just Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence and in close competition with North Dakota State’s Trey Lance, there is literally everything to lose and little to gain from playing in 2019. His ceiling is likely second overall in the draft, with a floor of rounding out the top-five as things currently stand.
This is the right more for Fields, even if it is one that causes some emotions for those in Columbus, Ohio. While nothing is confirmed just yet, it appears Fields collegiate career is winding down to a close.