Justin Fields is formally on the board.

The Ohio State quarterback declared for the NFL Draft on Monday, as anticipated, and can give the Jets one thing to consider with the No. 2 decide in April.

“Rising up, my dream was to at some point play the sport that I really like on the highest stage,” Fields wrote in his announcement posted to Twitter. “Now because of God’s grace and mercy, together with the assistance of you all, I’m ready to show that dream into actuality. And for that motive, I’m foregoing my senior 12 months and declaring for the 2021 NFL Draft.”

Whereas Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence is the consensus No. 1 decide, Fields might be the following quarterback taken, with BYU sign caller Zach Wilson additionally taking pictures up draft boards. It stays to be seen whether or not the Jets will decide a quarterback or doubtlessly commerce down, however the Falcons (No. 4), Lions (No. 7) and Panthers (No. 8) may be available in the market for a QB.

As a two-year starter at Ohio State, Fields went 20-2 whereas main the Buckeyes to the School Soccer Playoff semifinal in 2019 and championship recreation in 2020. The 6-foot-3, 228-pound dual-threat quarterback accomplished 68.4 % of his passes for five,701 yards, 67 touchdowns and 9 interceptions throughout his faculty profession. He additionally ran 260 instances for 1,133 yards and 19 touchdowns.

Justin Fields
Justin Fields
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Fields, who began his faculty profession at Georgia earlier than transferring to Ohio State, performed like a star on this 12 months’s CFP semifinal because the Buckeyes upset Clemson. He gutted via an damage to go for 385 yards and 6 touchdowns earlier than having a quieter recreation within the championship loss to Alabama.

“My path to The Ohio State College was not a direct one, however I couldn’t have requested for a greater last vacation spot,” Fields wrote in his announcement.

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