Round 1, Pick 3: Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State
No surprise at the position the San Francisco 49ers decided to draft in round one after the trade with the Miami Dolphins. The big question from now until draft day will be who are the 49ers going to draft between Justin Fields and Trey Lance. With the third overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the San Francisco 49ers select quarterback Justin Fields out of Ohio State. My gut guess is that this pick is likely Justin Fields for a number of reasons really.
When comparing the possibility of Justin Fields or Trey Lance at this pick you have to look at a few things. Fields has played in more games than Lance has and at a way higher level of competition at that. Fields has also proven he can play at the highest level and to be one of the best at that level. Fields isn’t exactly a day one NFL starter but he is more day one ready than Lance would be.
Fields originally committed and signed to play for his hometown Georgia Bulldogs but after serving as a reserve behind Jake Fromm he decided to hit the transfer portal. Fields transferred to Ohio State to play under what was a new head coach in Ryan Day. Fields took a chance playing for a largely unproven young coach and it worked out tremendously for both parties. Ryan Day proved to be a premier coach and Fields a premiere signal-caller. Luckily for Fields, he will have another great head coach in Kyle Shanahan if he were to be the pick at three overall.
Fields did it all as a prospect at Ohio State totaling 5,701 yards, 67 touchdowns, and only nine interceptions. He is the most on-target passer in this 2021 NFL Draft class. Fields also is a great runner and added an additional 867 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns as well with his legs. Shanahan will take advantage of Fields’ success with RPOs and will create an offense that caters to his skill set.
This pick helps keep the 49ers right in the thick of the quarterback arms race that’s going on in the NFC West with guys like Matthew Stafford, Russell Wilson, and Kyler Murray already being there. This is a match made in heaven for the 49ers and Justin Fields alike.