It is time to throw away the American inferiority complex with its place in the sport, where many blindly claim that technique should come above all in choosing and developing the best prospects and that the U.S. is not an international power because it cares too much about athleticism.
Far-Fetched Friday: Justin Fields Will Be the Best Quarterback in 2021 NFL Draft
The NFL Draft came and went, and it will forever go down as the draft of the quarterback. It marks only the fourth time in NFL history in which at least five quarterbacks were chosen in the first round. It's the first time in 22 years that the first three picks were all quarterbacks, and the eight quarterbacks selected in the first three rounds set an NFL record. And of all these quarterbacks, I am here to tell you that Justin Fields will turn out to be the best.
Welcome back to Far-Fetched Friday, where every Friday we give you a bold prediction that we believe will come to fruition. This Friday, we look at the forgotten Quarterback of the 2021 NFL Draft.
If you would have told anyone a year ago that Justin Fields would be the fourth quarterback selected in the 2021 NFL draft, they would have laughed in your face. Justin Fields was two years removed from been the number 2 player in his high school class, only behind Trevor Lawrence, and recognition as the third-best quarterback prospect 24/7 had ever analyzed.
But somehow, Justin Fields saw his draft stock drop in a season where he dominated college football. And he defeated Trevor Lawrence in the Playoff semifinal and only fell short to a historic Alabama team that had a record-tying six players drafted in the first round.
It tells me it is a classic case of overthinking.
Once Trevor Lawrence won a National Championship as a true freshman, it was practically cemented he would be the first player chosen once he became draft eligible. It looked like Fields was guaranteed to be two.
But people get bored, and things change. Since they could not touch the status of Lawrence as a consensus number one, they looked to Fields. All of a sudden, Trey Lance, Zac Wilson, and Mac Jones enter the conversation and are spoken of as if they have no flaws while Justin Fields is full of them.
Meanwhile, Justin Fields is looked at by many to be the most accurate quarterback in this class. He threw one more interception (9) over his entire career than Trevor Lawrence threw in just his sophomore season (8). His 4.44 40 yard dash time would make him one of the fastest quarterbacks in the league from week one, a vital trait in the modern NFL. He threw more passes as a sophomore (354) than Trey Lance threw across his entire college football career (318). Mac Jones had a ground total of 42 career rushing yards, Justin Fields surpassed that number in 5 of the 8 games he played last season. Zach Wilson was 0-5 against teams with ten plus wins in his career (1 touchdown, 7 interceptions), Justin Fields was 6-2 against teams with ten plus wins (21 touchdowns, 3 interceptions).
I could go on and on, but this article is about Justin Fields and not the other quarterbacks.
The Chicago Bears got a steal with the 11th pick in Justin Fields, and with that, Fields goes to an NFL franchise that made the playoffs last year and is two years removed from a 12 win season.
Justin Fields is going to an ideal situation, and with his generational talent, he will prove to be the best player in the draft.
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