Ohio State QB Justin Fields declares for NFL draft – ESPN

Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields is headed to the NFL draft after two seasons with the Buckeyes, he announced Monday.Fields made the announcement on Twitter, writing, “My course to The Ohio State University was not a direct one, but I could not have requested a much better last location.”Fields played his freshman season at Georgia prior to moving to Ohio State in January 2019. Not long after, he received a waiver to be immediately eligible for the 2019 season, in which he set up record-setting numbers for the Big Ten champ Buckeyes and was a finalist for the Heisman Trophy.2 RelatedESPNs Mel Kiper Jr. ranks Fields as the No. 3 general possibility for the 2021 draft, behind Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence and Oregon offensive take on Penei Sewell. In 2 seasons at Ohio State, Fields had 5,373 passing yards with 63 touchdowns and nine interceptions, to accompany 867 hurrying lawns and 15 touchdowns. Fields is set to end up being the 2nd Ohio State quarterback drafted in the preliminary in 3 seasons, after the school had none in between Art Schlichter in 1982 and Dwayne Haskins in 2019. Fields in 2019 became the very first Big Ten player with 40 passing goals and 10 rushing goals in a season, making the leagues Offensive Player of the Year award. He led the country in touchdown-to-interception ratio (41-3) and won MVP honors in the Big Ten championship game against Wisconsin.Behind Fields, Ohio State won 2 Big Ten titles and made consecutive CFP looks for the very first time, being up to Clemson and Lawrence in the 2019 semifinals before beating Clemson this year and being up to Alabama in the nationwide title game Jan. 11. Fields played through an injury to his tossing thumb in the Big Ten national championship and an enormous hit to his rib area in the semifinal win over Clemson.Fields, 21, was ESPNs No. 1 overall hire in the 2018 class, one area ahead of Lawrence, a fellow Georgia local. He played sparingly behind Jake Fromm during the 2018 season at Georgia, passing for 328 yards and four goals.

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