3 ideal landing spots for Justin Fields in the 2021 NFL Draft

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Justin Fields is a 6-foot-3 signal caller who played his college football at both the University of Georgia and Ohio State University. Fields is projected by many to be either the second or third quarterback to come off the board in April’s NFL Draft and there are a variety of teams who could look to land the star quarterback.

He has all the tools you look for in an NFL quarterback. Fields can obviously throw the ball very well with pristine accuracy and he can scramble outside of the pocket and extend plays that way as well. Fields is a do it all type of quarterback who is sure to make a great living in the NFL.

In his college career, Fields completed 68.4 percent of his passes for 5,701 passing yards and had a touchdown to interception ratio of 67:9. Fields also ran the ball himself 260 times for a total of 1,133 rushing yards and scored with the rock 19 times.

Fields was a Heisman finalist in 2019, as he finished in third place in overall voting. He will be a great franchise quarterback for one lucky team at the NFL level, but the lucky team has yet to be determined.

Here’s a look at the three best landing spots for Justin Fields in the 2021 NFL Draft.

New England Patriots

It’s highly doubtful that Fields will slip outside the top five, let alone to pick number 15 where the Patriots are sitting, but if Bill Belichick likes what he sees he may be willing to trade up and snag the Ohio State star. Fields, 21, would be a tremendous fit with the Patriots, who are a team looking for their next star player at the quarterback position.

The Patriots opted to struggle for a season and roll with former NFL MVP Cam Newton at quarterback in 2020, but that experience didn’t go very well. Newton struggled to play consistent football, which resulted in the Patriots ending their season with a 7-9 record and no playoff appearance.

Justin Fields could come in and completely change the culture for the Patriots. Fields is a proven winner in his football career. He has the potential to be the next great quarterback and if he wound up with New England he could be in the spotlight sooner rather than later.

Miami Dolphins

A more logical option for Justin Fields to play for could be the Miami Dolphins. The Dolphins, who could ultimately trade out of their current draft selection, are slated to pick third overall in the 2021 NFL Draft and could draft direct competition for Tua Tagovailoa at the quarterback position this year.

Many coaches and players on the Dolphins are not pleased with the early progression of Tagovailoa, which has led to the team looking to trade the young Alabama alum. If the Dolphins do trade Tua, they will need a guy to replace him and the best option could be Fields.

Fields dominated during his career at Ohio State and many could argue that he would have been taken over Tagovailoa if he had been in the 2020 NFL Draft class instead. Now that the Dolphins have the third overall pick, they could look to trade Tagovailoa for additional draft capital and select Fields with their third overall pick in the Draft.

Atlanta Falcons

Justin Fields’ favorite landing spot of them all could be a trip to the Atlanta Falcons. Fields, a native of Kennesaw Georgia, would welcome a trip back to his home town team. He originally chose to stay home and play for the Georgia Bulldogs before the team opted to roll with Jake Fromm at quarterback instead and his roots in his hometown are always something he has taken pride in.

The Falcons have a very good team as well. Fields would have several weapons to throw to including Julio Jones, Russell Gage, and Calvin Ridley. The Falcons’ biggest needs are on the defensive side of the football and Fields transitioning to the NFL with weapons like those would be a huge help.

With the Jags likely going with Trevor Lawrence as the top selection, the Jets likely in the market to land Deshaun Watson, and Miami likely looking to beef up their receiving corps in the first three picks, Fields should be available for the Falcons at pick number four in the 2021 NFL Draft. If the Falcons drafted Fields, they would be in good shape for years to come.