Analyst Suggests Justin Fields Could Follow Aaron Rodgers’ Career Trajectory

Published 04/29/2021, 3:22 PM EDT
Jan 1, 2021; New Orleans, LA, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Justin Fields (1) attempts a pass against the Clemson Tigers during the first half at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports


Justin Fields and his Ohio State teammates suffered intense heartbreak in the CFP National Championship final earlier this year. The starry-eyed quarterback was at the receiving end of a 52-24 loss at the hands of Nick Saban’s Alabama Crimson Tide football team. Mac Jones, Najee Harris, and DeVonta Smith combined, to help Alabama win their 6th championship ring.

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Fields concluded his 2-year state in Ohio with 5,373 passing yards and 63 passing TDs against just 9 interceptions. He further rushed 867 yards with 15 rushing TDs to his name. At the start of the offseason, Fields along with Clemson Tigers QB Trevor Lawrence were considered the obvious top 2 quarterbacks from the present Class of 2021.

Jan 1, 2021; New Orleans, LA, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Justin Fields (1) celebrates after a touchdown pass against the Clemson Tigers during the first half at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

However, the youngster has come in for major criticism in recent weeks. He has reportedly been overtaken by BYU’s Zach Wilson. The latter is now the favorite to sign with New York Jets as the 2nd overall pick this summer behind Lawrence.

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Former Pittsburgh Steelers man-turned-analyst Ryan Clark was the latest to feature on ESPN’s Get Up. He came to the defense of under-fire Justin Fields while suggesting he might impress in the NFL.

He said, “I think Dan makes great points when he talks about the evaluation process really kicking off or starting once the season has ended. And maybe we’re to blame….Maybe the way I see it is wrong, but it is about fit.”

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“It is about a team’s individual evaluation….but we have to remember Patrick Mahomes number 10, Deshaun Watson number 12, Aaron Rodgers in 20s. Good quarterbacks get drafted late sometimes and become Hall of Famers because they’re in the right place. Just it feels just my fall to the right place,” Clark said on the show.

San Francisco 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan and GM John Lynch recently attended Justin’s second Pro Day earlier this month. The Niners are reportedly assessing their options at number 3. They’ve narrowed it down to Fields, Zach Wilson, and NDSU’s Trey Lance.

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Daniel Arambur

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Daniel Arambur is an NFL writer and content strategist for EssentiallySports.With more than 1,000 articles, he is one of the senior writers in the NFL cohort at ES. A mass media graduate from the University of Mumbai, Daniel has found the perfect blend of vocation and passion in the sports content niche.

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