2021 NFL Draft: Super Bowl Winner Compares Justin Fields to Russell Wilson

Published 04/20/2021, 7:18 PM EDT
Dec 19, 2020; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Justin Fields (1) drops back to pass against the Northwestern Wildcats during the first half at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports


The 2021 NFL Draft is now just 9 days away. Teams across the league are working hard to single out their top targets for the 3-day event.

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This year’s draft is expected to be held in Ohio, Cleveland under strict COVID-19 regulations. Do you know which kid from Ohio will be the talk of the town on April 29th? Star quarterback Justin Fields.

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

The 22-year-old youngster is one of the top quarterback prospects in this year’s draft. He is right up there alongside Clemson Tigers’ Trevor Lawrence and BYU’s Zach Wilson.

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He is reportedly on the radar of the San Francisco 49ers who own the #3 overall pick.

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Justin Fields likened to Seattle Seahawks superstar Russell Wilson

Former Super Bowl winner Willie McGinest was the latest high-profile analyst to laud the skillset of Ohio State’s Justin Fields. He even went on to compare the Buckeyes quarterback to a young Russell Wilson.

He said, “The San Francisco coordinator and head coach who loves to move the pocket, loves flexibility within the offense and versatility.

“And Fields is one of those guys and he reminds me of Russell Wilson. He can move the pocket and throw darts in small tight windows, down to a field, he’s accurate.

“He can also open up the running game…we know how many yards he rushed for, but he’s not a run-first type of quarterback.

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“He’s a ‘throw first’ type of quarterback and if he’s smart enough to get out or get out of bounds and protect yourself, it’s going to be a win-win for whatever team that picks him up but he expands the playbook and this is what the 49ers have been looking for,” McGinest said on air.

There’s no clear indication as to which team Justin will sign for in 2021. But if all the reports are to be believed, Kyle Shanahan is convinced that Fields is the man to take over from Jimmy Garoppolo.

The latter’s injury record has always been a matter of concern. Maybe some young blood is exactly what the Niners need for a Super Bowl run in the coming months.

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