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Chris Simms Has Shocking Draft Prediction For Justin Fields

Justin Fields attempts a pass.

COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 21: Quarterback Justin Fields #1 of the Ohio State Buckeyes passes in the first quarter against the Indiana Hoosiers at Ohio Stadium on November 21, 2020 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

NBC Sports' Chris Simms is not super high on Ohio State's Justin Fields. In his latest "big board" ahead of this week's NFL Draft, he ranked him sixth among quarterbacks, behind the other four top prospects at the position and Texas A&M's Kellen Mond.

Fields is regularly mocked as a top 10 pick, even as other quarterbacks have jumped him a bit. It seems unlikely that we'll see him get out of the top 15. However, Simms predicts a precipitous slide for the longtime Trevor Lawrence rival.

In his new mock draft, revealed on his Chris Simms Unbuttoned podcast, he has Fields falling all the way to No. 32, the final pick of the first round. There, he has him sliding in as the heir apparent to Tom Brady with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

"Fields just scares me," Simms said, after unveiling the quarterback rankings. "I'm rooting for the person, I hope he proves me wrong, but there are just issues about him throwing the football, that I don't know can be fixed."

After mocking the first four quarterbacks (without Mond) in the top eight, he has Justin Fields sliding in with that last pick of the first round. He sees it as a luxury pick for a team coming off of a Super Bowl win, with a pretty complete roster returning.

"The Bucs have everything. There's no need on their football team," Simms said. "I could see this happening. And if he's there, they're going to take him. They're gonna go 'Great. This is perfect for you. Learn from Tom Brady. Get some of the polish. Brady'll be able to teach him some of the mechanical stuff. And then, oh Brady wants to retire? Great, we've got our guy.'"

We've seen incredible quarterback slides before, most notably Aaron Rodgers to the Green Bay Packers in 2005. Those often come about because of a lack of need at that position, but we've seen teams become more aggressive when it comes to taking quarterback, and we've rarely seen more teams with a potential need there. It'd be legitimately shocking if Fields was still available at No. 32, but crazier things have happened in the NFL Draft.

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