It’s only been a few weeks since the Chicago Bears traded up in the first round of the NFL Draft to land former Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields. Already, though, analysts believe it’s going to be a move that works out really well for the franchise.

Speaking on ESPN’s SportsCenter recently, analyst Jeremy Fowler said that Fields brings the kind of attitude and toughness the Bears want from their quarterback. That, matched with his talent on the field, is why the ex-Buckeye is such a great fit in Chicago.

“His comments this week saying ‘I’m built for this kind of challenge,’ they love that,” Fowler said, as transcribed by 247Sports. “They want a true alpha, a guy who’s going to answer the bell at every stop. He did it at the Clemson game last year at Ohio State, was a five-star quarterback out of high school. They’re just going to give him as much as he can handle. They like that he’s coming off the 11th overall pick, he fell in the draft to them, they believe that will give him an edge.

“This team thinks it can win with Andy Dalton and the defense and capable ball-control offense. But if this guy comes along as fast as they think he might be able to, he’ll be in the lineup sooner than later.”

The critics came out quickly on Fields following the end of the 2020 season. Though he had been pegged as the No. 2 quarterback available in the draft class through most of the year, there were knocks that he hung on to the football too long and struggled to find targets outside of his No. 1 receiver.

Most of it was overblown.

But those concerns dropped Fields from potentially the No. 2 player selected in the draft all the way to No. 11. And it may end up working better that way for both parties.

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