Entering the pre-draft process, Ohio State's Justin Fields was considered to be the clear-cut No. 2 QB in this class. But inexplicably, that no longer appears to be the case.
In fact, he may not even be in the top four anymore. Taking a look at the latest 2021 NFL Draft odds, provided by FanDuel Sportsbook, Fields is now favored to be the fifth quarterback drafted, as he's recently been supplanted by North Dakota State's Trey Lance.
Justin Fields NFL Draft Odds
FanDuel Sportsbook's match betting odds list Lance as a -142 favorite to come off the board before Fields (+114). This represents a huge fall for the Ohio State signal-caller, who was favored to be drafted ahead of Lance as recently as this past weekend.
And this shift is backed up by the rest of the odds as well. The over/under for Fields' draft spot has been set at 7.5, putting Fields behind Alabama's Mac Jones (3.5) and Lance (6.5). That suggests the oddsmakers believe the Georgia native will be the fifth QB drafted, as Trevor Lawrence and Zach Wilson are widely considered locks to go No. 1 and No. 2, respectively.
Justin Fields NFL Draft Stock
Watching Fields' draft stock plummet is a bit of a head-scratcher. He's got a rocket arm, legit 4.40 speed and seems to have every leadership trait you'd want in a franchise QB.
Now likely entering the league with a sizable chip on his shoulder, Fields will be looking to prove the doubters wrong in 2021.
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