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 – 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.
Scott Reynolds is in his 27th year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds spent six years giving back to the community as the defensive coordinator/defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: [email protected]
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