In his latest mock draft, Kiper has the New England Patriots moving up to the No. 10 spot to select Fields. He’d give the franchise a long-term option at quarterback, which is much-needed when you consider the structure of Cam Newton’s deal.
Kiper also pointed out that New England is in a division that is loaded with young talent at the quarterback position. It would make a lot of sense for Bill Belichick to get his a potential-packed gunslinger as well.
“I think it’s the pressure to get that quarterback,” Kiper said on ESPN’s Get Up. “When you’re in a division with Josh Allen, Tua [Tagovailoa] and Zach Wilson, you have to go get someone like Justin Fields, who I think is the second-best quarterback in this draft.”
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Fields finished his Ohio State career with 5,373 passing yards, 63 touchdowns and nine interceptions. Despite all his success with the Buckeyes, scouts are unsure if he can develop into a franchise quarterback.
Earlier this year, Kiper had a strong message for scouts who aren’t very high on Fields’ potential.
“You got to throw with anticipation, he has to see guys open. I heard the same thing about Josh Allen and Justin Herbert. It’s a scout’s job to project. The scouts are critiquing Fields on what they should be doing, and they’re not doing. If they got to see it, they’re not a scout I want. They have to scout with anticipation and project what a player will be.”
Kiper has Fields ranked as the second-best quarterback in this year’s draft. We’ll find out where he’ll begin his NFL career later this month.
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