Potential Jets' pick Justin Fields declares for NFL Draft

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Justin Fields in CFP final
Justin Fields in CFP final

The Jets' potential next quarterback has declared for the NFL Draft.

Ohio State QB Justin Fields made the announcement early Monday morning on Twitter.

"Growing up, my dream was to one day play the game that I love at the highest level," Fields said. "Now thanks to God's grace and mercy, along with the help of you all, I am in a position to turn that dream into reality. And for that reason, I am foregoing my senior year and declaring for the 2021 NFL Draft."

Fields led the Buckeyes to the College Football Playoff Championship, where they fell to Clemson 52-24. Fields was 17-for-33 for 194 yards and a touchdown, while rushing six times for 67 yards. Fields completed 70.2 percent of his passes for 2,100 yards, throwing 21 touchdowns and just six interceptions in eight games in their shortened season.

Assuming the Jacksonville Jaguars take Trevor Lawrence with the first selection, the Jets have a very realistic shot at taking Fields at No. 2 and moving on from Sam Darnold, who, in his third season, had his worst season as a pro in 2020.