Former Bucs quarterback and current NBC Sports football analyst Chris Simms had a shocking pick for Tampa Bay in his last NFL mock draft.

With speculation that the Bucs could draft a quarterback this year to eventually succeed Tom Brady, Simms predicts Ohio State QB Justin Fields falling to Tampa Bay at No. 32.

“The Bucs take Justin Fields at No. 32,” Simms said on his Chris Simms Unbuttoned podcast. “The Bucs got everything. There’s no need on their football team. Again, I didn’t go into this with a preconceived notion of like, ‘I’m going to leave Justin Fields for the Bucs at No. 32.’ I didn’t do that. You know how I do this. I want to be right, I try to use logic. … I could see this happening. And if he’s there, they’re going to take him. They’re going to go, ‘Great! This is perfect for you. Learn from Tom Brady. You know? Get some of the polish.’ Brady will be able to teach him some of the mechanical stuff. Then Brady wants to retire? Great. We’re got our guy and he can take off.”

Ohio State QB Justin Fields mock draft

Ohio State QB Justin Fields – Photo by: USA Today

Fields, who is regarded as a potential Top 10 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, helped lead the Buckeyes to the National Championship Game where Ohio State lost to Alabama. Fields passed for 5,701 yards with 67 touchdowns and just nine interceptions in two years with the Buckeyes after transferring from Georgia.

The 6-3, 228-pound Fields passed for 3,273 yards with 41 TDs and 3 INTs as a sophomore. Last year in eight games, Fields completed 70.2 percent of his passes for 2,100 yards with 22 TDs and six INTs.

Fields is also a good runner, recording 1,133 yards and 19 touchdowns on the ground. While he has good mobility and a strong arm, there have been some questions about Fields’ ability to read defenses. Questions linger about his ability get to his second and third option in the passing game.

Simms admitted that it might be unlikely that Fields falls to the end of the first round, but he has been critical of the OSU star over the past year and has him as the No. 6 QB on his board.

“If it happens at the end of the night, I’m dropping the mic and I’m not coming into work the next day,” Simms said.

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19 days ago

Wishful thinking.

19 days ago

Did Simms lose his spline, or his brain? Why would he make such a stupid statement? I don’t think Fields is all that, but I know he won’t be there at 32 so mocking him to the Bucs isn’t very bright. On a side note, I know PR needs to make a buck, but your infolink pop up is so annoying. It’s getting old having it pop up with every click.

Reply to  surferdudes
18 days ago

You’re right about those really annoying pop-ups Surfer. How much can I pay to make them stop?

19 days ago

Whew!!! When I say that headline I though we were taking a kicker at 32! There’s no way fields lasts until 32, but if he does he is probably a Buc.

19 days ago

“If it happens at the end of the night, I’m dropping the mic and I’m not coming into work the next day,” Simms said.

That’s it Chris? You gotta have a better bet than that.

Reply to  WeAretheChamps2002+2021
19 days ago

He ain’t dropping the Mic. It’s gonna get batted down at the line of scrimmage….

19 days ago

Chris Simms has always been an idiot he uses his dad’s name to get tv gigs cause most fans don’t remember him outside of Tampa

German Buc
Reply to  jongruden
19 days ago

OK, his father was a better QB than him. But there are worse ways to earn the money to feed your family than being paid for talking football. And if you consider for how long he is doing it at least he seems to be a wealthy idiot. 

Reply to  German Buc
19 days ago

“No one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public,” H.L. Mencken.

Reply to  drdneast
18 days ago

P.T. Barnum is reputed to have said “There is a sucker born every minute.”
Being a political centrist and an Independant I tend to look at a certain percentage of the voters of both major political parties in this country in a similar light. Hence the current “Great Divide”! 🙄😅
Go Bucs!!! Super Bowl Champs!

Reply to  jongruden
18 days ago

Simms makes a helluva lot more money projecting draft picks than you do.
So who’s the idiot here?

19 days ago

It was revealed that Fields suffers from epilepsy…. I have no idea if it’s impacting how he is being perceived, but it’s true than quite often many males don’t outgrow it until they are about 25 (my son had severe seizures, and didn’t get over it until late 20’s… the other thing that needs to be said, the medicine used to control seizures does affect your ability process information, but has no long term effects…. after getting off the medicine, eventually the thinking process is restored)

Reply to  Michael76
19 days ago

Thanks for posting this. As I read more, it seems that I am reading that all antiepileptic medications have the potential to have the detrimental side effect of slowing cognition. This is by nature of the medication to actually stop brain activity because that is the known way to control epilepsy. (If I am wrong on my reading Michael76 let me know). So if you are a GM, that may just be the reason you are not going to invest a high draft choice on him. Now if you are the Bucs and are looking to the next two seasons,… Read more »

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Alldaway 2.0
19 days ago

It is speculated that Fields would drop to the mid or late first round. But would teams ahead of the Bucs pass on Fields at that point? I am not so sure about that.

Last edited 19 days ago by Alldaway 2.0