The 2021 NFL Draft is approaching and one area that's loaded with talented prospects is the quarterback position. In fact, at least five signal-callers will likely be taken within the first round alone, including Ohio State's Justin Fields and North Dakota State's Trey Lance.
Both quarterbacks appear in the top-10 of many experts' mock drafts and for good reason.
On one hand, Lance threw for 2,786 yards and 28 touchdowns without an interception in 2020, while also adding 1,100 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns on the ground.
On the other hand, Fields was impressive in his own right, completing 70.2% of passes for 2,100 passing yards and 22 touchdowns to 6 interceptions. He was also effective on the run, rushing for 383 yards and 5 scores.
With that being said, FanDuel Sportsbook is favoring Fields to be drafted ahead of Lance at -174 odds. Meanwhile, the odds of the latter getting selected first are +136.
There was a lot of talk that Fields could've gone at No. 2 before BYU QB Zach Wilson's stock started to increase over the last month. Even if that's the case, there are still several quarterback-needy organizations that are drafting in the top-10.
Teams like the San Francisco 49ers, Detroit Lions and Denver Broncos could all justify taking Fields within the first 10 selections. Most of these teams and more have made it abundantly clear that one of their main priorities at the 2021 NFL Draft will be finding a quarterback to build around. We could even see a team like the New England Patriots trade up to a higher pick to get a signal-caller they love.
Either way, it doesn't seem too far fetched to see both Fields and Lance come off the board early into Round 1. However, odds are looking like it'll be Fields who finds his team first.
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