Ohio State held its NFL Pro Day in Columbus on Wednesday, and all eyes were on Buckeyes quarterback Justin Fields as it was his second Pro Day ahead of this month's draft. The 2021 draft is expected to "start" at No. 3 overall with the San Francisco 49ers, and they had coach Kyle Shanahan, general manager John Lynch and QBs coach Rich Scangarello on hand Wednesday. However, William Hill oddsmakers still favor Alabama's Mac Jones as the favorite to be the No. 3 pick and give Fields an Over/Under draft position of 4.5 – with the Over (thus picked no earlier than fifth) a slight moneyline favorite
Jacksonville is going to take Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence at No. 1 overall, and the New York Jets are widely expected to take BYU QB Zach Wilson at No. 2. The 49ers traded up with the Miami Dolphins to land No. 3 and they have made it clear they are taking a quarterback – although still planning to keep incumbent starter Jimmy Garoppolo for the 2021 season.
Reportedly, the Jets, 49ers, Falcons, Panthers, Broncos, Patriots and Bears were in attendance Wednesday. Shanahan and Lynch did not see Fields in person at his first Pro Day because they were at Alabama's Pro Day to see, in particular, Tide quarterback Mac Jones. He is -200 to be picked third overall with Fields at +170 and North Dakota State QB Trey Lance at +450. Lance's second Pro Day is Monday.
By all accounts, Fields looked great Wednesday – but then when do you hear quarterbacks don't look great at their own Pro Days? The OSU Pro Day was off-limits to the media, but the school did post some throws Fields made to its Instagram account.
The first round of the draft is April 29 in Cleveland, and there's often a lot more smoke than fire two weeks before any draft – there have been "rumors" that Fields' stock is falling because of a questionable work ethic. "I think some people are being a little reckless with their comments," Ohio State coach Ryan Day said of the negative Fields comments.
There were also rumors last year that the Miami Dolphins were souring on Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa, but the Fins took him at No. 5 overall as expected all along.
ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. has the Niners taking Jones at No. 3 overall and Fields going No. 10 to New England in a mock trade up for the Patriots with the Cowboys. CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora has Jones going third as well with Fields at No. 7 to Detroit even though the Lions have traded for quarterback and former Rams No. 1 overall pick Jared Goff. Ex-49ers cornerback Richard Sherman said he thinks the Niners take Fields, who is by far a better athlete than Jones.
If Fields does get past the Niners at No. 3, what the Falcons do at No. 4 seems to be up in the air. They could take Fields, Lance or the hot rumor is Atlanta grabbing Florida tight end Kyle Pitts. There's always the possibility of trading back, too. Denver at No. 9 is looking for a quarterback.
Fields at Under 4.5 has been the most popular 2021 player draft position prop by total number of tickets thus far at William Hill Nevada.
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