Former NFL wide receiver Nate Burleson is coming to the defense of Justin Fields.

Since the end of the college football season, Fields has been criticized and critiqued more than any other player in this year’s NFL Draft, often unfairly. He’s dropped from being the No. 2 quarterback in this year’s draft to No. 5, according to some analysts.

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Burleson, who spent over a decade in the NFL, believes Fields is being disrespected. He thinks analysts are thinking too much about the former Ohio State star and are “over-analyzing” what he brings to the game.


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“I feel like he’s over-analyzed,” Burleson said on NFL Network. “At this point, we were talking about Trevor Lawrence and Justin Fields for so long. Just look back at his resume, not just in college, not just in high school, but ever since he was young, this dude was lighting up quarterback competitions. His dad would take him to camps and he would walk away with the trophy, with the belt. Yet, we’re still questioning whether he’s going to be legit in the league. I feel like Justin Fields, wherever he lands, wherever he goes, he’s going to shock people. He’s going to play his rookie year. He’s not going to be one of those guys sitting behind a vet.”

In Mel Kiper Jr.’s most recent mock draft, Fields is listed as the No. 10 player taken in the NFL Draft and the No. 5 quarterback. The ESPN analyst has Trevor Lawrence, Zach Wilson, Mac Jones and Trey Lance all being selected earlier.

We only have to wait a few more weeks to see where Fields lands come Draft Day.