Justin Fields drops out of top 10 in Todd McShay's latest mock draft
Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields continues to slide down mock draft boards.
According to ESPN’s Todd McShay, his stock is now outside of the top 10.
McShay released his mock draft 4.0 on Thursday morning, and has Fields going at No. 11 overall to the New England Patriots (who traded up). Previously, McShay had Fields at No. 3 overall.
So what changed? The draft order, for one. San Fransisco traded up for the No. 3 overall pick this week, and the current consensus is they plan on selecting Alabama QB Mac Jones with that pick.
That would presumably leave Fields — and Trey Lance — at risk of falling outside the top five, and possibly further.
McShay detailed his decision to put Fields and Lance behind Jones in this latest mock draft.
“This is not about where I rank the quarterbacks or any of these players, it’s about what I’m hearing when I talk to NFL teams,” McShay said on ESPN, via 247Sports. “And I struggled. Let’s go back to pick No. 3. Pick No. 3 and pick No. 4 were the two most difficult picks of these two rounds that I had to do. And at three, I initially thought it was going to be (former North Dakota State quarterback) Trey Lance — that was my initial reaction when San Francisco moved up to go get that pick. But, ultimately, I’ve heard so many things from different people in the league about (former Alabama quarterback) Mac Jones being the perfect fit for (San Francisco 49ers head coach) Kyle Shanahan that that might be the pick. So I went with Mac Jones there, even though I rank Mac Jones as the fifth-best quarterback in this class — behind Trey Lance and behind Justin Fields.”
Even so, it seems unlikely that Fields will fall outside the top-10. Denver and Carolina are seemingly interested in taking a quarterback, and there are multiple teams — including New England — who could trade up.
The 2021 NFL Draft is April 29-May 1.