The Chicago Bears stunned the world after they traded up to draft Ohio State QB Justin Fields. Fields was the No.2 QB on a lot of draft boards and after he slid to No. 11 in the draft, the Bears made the move to get the 2-time-Big 10 player of the year. And Bears safety Eddie Jackson was hyped.
The Bears have had a horrid history with QBs. They have never had a QB throw for 4000+ yards and 30 touchdowns. But it looks like they might finally have their QB of the future. Justin Fields had an amazing career at Ohio State. He led the team to 2 CFP appearances, one of which ended up with a National Championship appearance.
Blessed 🙏🏽 https://t.co/Sb2bBy2Y5f
— Justin Fields (@justnfields) April 30, 2021
The Bears gave up a significant lot to trade up to the 11th spot. But in taking that leap, Chicago general manager Ryan Pace made the wisest move of Round 1. The Bears now have an athletic, mobile, accomplished passer who could finally be the signal-caller who leads them out of their quarterback wasteland.
🚨 TRADE: The Chicago Bears have acquired the No. 11 overall pick in a trade with the New York Giants, who get the 20th overall pick, a 2021 fifth-rounder, a 2022 first-rounder and a 2022 fourth-rounder.
— Sky Sports NFL (@SkySportsNFL) April 30, 2021
Eddie Jackson is excited to have a new QB in town.
Eddie Jackson has been an integral piece of a loaded Bears defence ever since his sophomore year in 2018. The 2 time Pro Bowl, 1 time All-Pro was a member of the Bears 2017 draft class in which they drafted QB Mitchell Trubisky with the 3rd overall pick. Trubisky was picked over Pro Bowlers Patrick Mahomes and DeShaun Watson. 4 years later, Trubisky is a backup in Buffalo.
In the 2017 NFL Draft, the Bears traded up to take QB Mitch Trubisky. Patrick Mahomes was still on the board and eventually fell to the Chiefs with the 10th pick. What if Chicago drafted Mahomes? 🤔 pic.twitter.com/SvHh8OocAZ
— FOX Sports: NFL (@NFLonFOX) April 16, 2020
The Bears defence has been one of the best in the league for a few years now. But their stout could defence only manage to carry the offence to an 8-8 record and a wild card round rout by the New Orleans Saints in 2020. But now Eddie Jackson seems to be stoked to have a new QB in the Bears locker room.
“About time we got us a real quarterback.” – #Bears safety Eddie Jackson on Instagram Live
— PFF (@PFF) April 30, 2021
Why is Justin Fields so special?
Fields may have been the 4th QB off the board but his talent on the field is up there with the best and that’s why Bears fans are hyped to have him in the building. Over 22 games as the quarterback for the Buckeyes, he completed 68.4 percent of his passes for 5,373 yards with 63 touchdowns against just nine interceptions. He averaged 9.3 yards per attempt and almost 11 air yards per attempt.
Fields ran for 867 yards and 15 more scores on the ground while losing all of two games—both in the College Football Playoff. And arguably his greatest game as a college QB came in the CFP semifinal performance against Clemson in which he destroyed the Tigers defence.
Justin Fields career stats (1 year at Georgia, 2 at Ohio State).
– 34 games
– 68.4% completion
– 5,701 yards
– 67 TDs
– 9 INTs
– 178.8 passer efficiency rating
– 9.2 yards-per-attempt
– 1,133 rushing yards
– 19 rush TDs
– 4.4 yards-per-carry pic.twitter.com/gHvbGIZeL9
— Cat Crave (@CatCraveBlog) April 3, 2021
Fields took a brutal shot to the ribs in the game against Clemson. But even though he limped off the field, he missed just a single play—and followed that up by roasting the Clemson Tigers for 385 yards and six touchdowns. Thus completely outplaying Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence, who ended up being the 1st QB off the board in the 2021 NFL draft.
Justin Fields also had like 27 broken ribs when he dropped this bomb on Clemson. Guy is going to be great, you guys. https://t.co/gU9kHuP9kd
— George Balekji (@GeorgeBalekji) April 30, 2021
The biggest question now will be who will be QB1 heading into week one of the 2021 season. The Chicago bears had publically announced that free agent signing vet Andy Dalton will be their starter for the season. But now with an elite talent like Fields in the mix, HC Matt Nagy will have a serious job at hand on who to pick. Either way, it will be very exciting to see.