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Bears trade up to draft QB Justin Fields


The Bears boldly traded up nine spots in the first round of the NFL Draft Thursday night to select Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields with the No. 11 overall pick.

The Bears dealt draft choices in the first round (No. 20) and fifth round (No. 164) this year and the first and fourth round next year to the New York Giants in exchange for the 11th pick to land Fields.

The 22-year-old was a dual threat quarterback at Ohio State. Compiling a 20-2 record as a starter the past two seasons, Fields completed 68.4 percent of his passes for 5,373 yards with 63 touchdowns and nine interceptions while also rushing for 867 yards and 15 TDs on 218 carries.

In each of his two seasons in Columbus, the 6-3, 228-pounder quarterbacked Ohio State to the Big Ten championship, an undefeated regular season and a berth in the College Football Playoff.

As a sophomore in 2019, Fields was named a Heisman Trophy finalist, Big Ten offensive player of the year and first-team all-conference. He passed for 3,273 yards with 41 touchdowns and three interceptions and rushed for 484 yards and 10 TDs on 137 carries while starting all 14 games.

As a junior in 2020, Fields threw for 2,100 yards with 22 TDs and six interceptions and rushed for 383 yards and 5 TDs on 81 carries while starting all eight games. He led the Buckeyes to a 49-28 win over Clemson in a national semifinal contest, throwing for 385 yards and six touchdowns while playing through a painful injury he incurred after taking a hard hit. For the second straight season, Fields was named Big Ten offensive player of the year and first-team all-conference.

Fields transferred to Ohio State in 2019 after spending his true freshman year at Georgia in 2018. Backing up starter Jeff Fromm, Fields completed 27 of 39 passes for 328 yards with four TDs and no interceptions. 

Fields, a Georgia native, was the fourth quarterback selected in the draft and first after the first three picks were spent on Clemson's Trevor Lawrence (Jaguars), BYU's Zach Wilson (Jets) and North Dakota State's Trey Lance (49ers).

With the 11th overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Bears select Ohio State QB Justin Fields.

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