Ranking the quarterbacks from the 2021 NFL Draft after two seasons

Trevor Lawrence, Jacksonville Jaguars (Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)
Trevor Lawrence, Jacksonville Jaguars (Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports) /
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Justin Fields, Chicago Bears (Mandatory Credit: Lon Horwedel-USA TODAY Sports) /

. . Justin Fields. 2. player. 57.

Fields is easily the hardest to evaluate and rank to me, on the one hand, he’s looked like a legitimate franchise QB at times, like his touchdown last year against the 49ers on 4th and 1.

Diving into the statistics though tells another story, he was sacked a league-high 55 times last year, with an average time to throw of 3.12 (4th highest in the league), both of which a fan could say is a result of the talent around Justin and not an indictment of his own. To that, I would say you have a fair point, but his 16 fumbles this year to make a total of 28 in his first 2 seasons (25 starts) is very concerning going forward.

Fields has made significant improvements since entering the league though, most notably with his TD% doubling from 2.6% as a rookie to 5.3% this year (context: Mahomes led the league this year with a TD% of 6.3%) as well as rushing for over 1100 yards this season with 8 TDs to go along in the ground game.

Justin Fields is the ultimate “stats don’t lie” vs “Do you watch the games” example in my opinion, and I think Fields has shown he can become a Franchise QB if given an adequate amount of talent around him. Justin Fields ends up ranked 2nd out of the 2021 QB NFL Draft class 2 seasons in, with the potential to jump to number 1 being a real possibility in the coming years.