COLUMBUS – Former Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields was selected eleventh overall by the Chicago Bears in the 2021 NFL Draft Thursday night.
The Bears traded up from their 20th pick to select Fields.
Fields was a two-year starter at Ohio State and led the Buckeyes to two College Football Playoffs. After transferring from Georgia and in his first year as a Buckeye, Fields threw for 3,273 yards and 41 touchdowns with just three interceptions. Last year, in just eight games, Fields threw for 2,100 yards and 22 touchdowns.
Fields are just the fourth Ohio State quarterback to hear his name called in the first round of the NFL Draft.
Now, Fields will be leading the Bears on Sundays.
Per Market Watch, the 11th pick is projected to have a contract value of $18.9 million with a signing bonus of $11.1 million.
In fact, Fields’ 179.1 career passing efficiency rating is second in NCAA history (Kyler Murray of Texas A&M and Oklahoma; 181.3) for the 325-399 completions threshold.
Fields was a Heisman Trophy finalist in 2019 and he was named the Big Ten’s offensive player and quarterback of the year in both 2019 and 2020. He was the 2020 Chicago Tribune Silver Football award winner as the Big Ten’s best player.