Chicago Bears quarterback, Justin Fields is dominating his draft class
By Peter Jurich
Justin Fields is beating up on the QBs from his draft class
After Monday night’s 33-14 victory over the New England Patriots, Fields has already beaten two of the other quarterbacks taken in the first round of his draft (Fields also beat Davis Mills, a third-round pick in 2021, 23-20 in Week 3 of this NFL season).
On Monday night, it was evident not only statistically that Fields was the better quarterback choice, but former pro-bowler Mac Jones was actually benched for Bailey Zappe early in the primetime game.
In Week 1 of this NFL season, Fields also got a home victory over third-overall pick, Trey Lance, in his first game as the full-time starter. While both quarterbacks accounted for an interception in sloppy conditions, Fields had two touchdowns compared to Lance’s zero, and the Bears’ quarterback got his first win over a fellow 2021 first-round quarterback.
On November 27th, Justin Fields will have the opportunity to continue this run against the quarterbacks from his draft against the Zach Wilson-led New York Jets. If Fields and the Chicago Bears can get a win, the Ohio State product will start 3-0 against starting quarterbacks taken in the first round of his own draft.
The last time a first-round quarterback started 3-0 against starting quarterbacks from the same first-round draft was Lamar Jackson in 2019 — his first season as a full-time starter. This doesn’t necessarily mean that Jackson is the best quarterback from his draft, as both he and Josh Allen sit atop the quarterback rankings in the NFL currently, but it is a strong indicator of his performance over the other quarterbacks drafted before and around him.
In Justin Fields’ case, his potential 3-0 start against fellow 2021 first-round quarterback picks should show that he is playing better than his peers. Statistically, the numbers aren’t always in Fields’ favor.