For the entire college football season and much of the time leading up to the 2021 NFL Draft, Justin Fields was considered the consensus No. 2 pick and the best quarterback on the board behind Trevor Lawrence. By the time draft day rolled around, Fields fell to the Chicago Bears at No. 11 and was the fourth QB selected.
Chris Simms, however, had an entirely different view on the quarterbacks in the class, something he's built a bit of a reputation with.
Simms didn't even have Trevor Lawrence No. 1, a prospect everyone viewed as a surefire success. The surprises didn't stop after putting BYU's Zach Wilson over Lawrence, he followed that up by having Kellen Mond at No. 4 on his list, ahead of both Justin Fields and Trey Lance. Again, these are opinions shared seemingly by only him. Mond was selected in the third round by the Minnesota Vikings, long after players behind him on Simms' board.
Fast forward to Simms' full rankings of NFL QBs for the 2021 season and this same trend appears. He has Mond ranked at No. 37, trailed by Lance at No. 38 and Fields at No. 39.
While Simms might still like Mond more from a talent standpoint, both Fields and Lance seem to have a more clear path to starting this season. If not a more clear path, a higher chance.
Simms' rankings from past years may have surprised some, but actually turned out to be somewhat accurate when looking back. Still, it's hard to see how this one can be justified when clearly all 32 NFL front offices disagreed with him.
Even the Vikings, who ultimately selected Mond, were reportedly ready to select Justin Fields if he was available at No. 14. That's pretty telling.
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