Brandon Marshall Says Justin Fields is the Best Option for New York Jets in the NFL Draft

Published 03/31/2021, 1:36 PM EDT
Jan 1, 2021; New Orleans, LA, USA; Clemson Tigers head coach Dabo Swinney embraces quarterback Justin Fields (1) after defeating the Clemson Tigers during the second half at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports


Justin Fields is quickly becoming one of the most talked-about prospects in this year’s NFL Draft. The Ohio State quarterback had one of the best collegiate football seasons last year, reaching the national championship game.

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And now, he prepares to make his foray into the NFL, through the advent of the draft. One former player thinks Fields is the best option for one team in the draft.

Former NFL player Brandon Marshall spoke this morning about the New York Jets. He recommended to Joe Douglas, Jets GM, that he can redeem his prior few years with the franchise by drafting Justin Fields.

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Fields isn’t a great General Manager, but drafting Fields is the right choice. He questioned whether Zach Wilson would be the right fit for the New York Jets.

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

“Joe Douglas isn’t a great General Manager. Joe Douglas got the job because he was a great scout. This is your moment to get it right, this is your moment to solidify your position Joe.

“Don’t mess it up. Go get your quarterback – Justin. Do you really want to put Zach Wilson into this environment?” 

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Marshall added that New York City is the biggest media market in the country. And putting Wilson there isn’t a good idea because he wasn’t at a large university that got press coverage.

Justin Fields, on the other hand, played for one of the most historic collegiate teams, and took his team to the championship game. Fields is ready to take on the pressures that come with playing in New York.

“We keep talking about the New York media. You have to be cut from a certain type of cloth. This dude Zach Wilson, I love him. He’s going to be successful in the NFL, but he’s been tucked away in BYU.

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“This dude (Fields) has done it on the biggest stage two years in a row. He is cut for this type of environment, so you go get Justin Fields because he can handle this New York media, and he’s a baller. He has all the tangibles you need to lead a team for 10-15 years.”

Can Justin Fields be a success in New York? He did show his quality last year while playing for the Buckeyes. And Marshall made a good point about Fields being more media savvy and knowing how to handle the relentless media coverage that comes with playing in New York.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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