NFL Draft: 3 teams that should do whatever it takes to draft Justin Fields

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Derek Carr, Las Vegas Raiders

Derek Carr, Las Vegas Raiders. (Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)

Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields will be one of the top picks in the NFL Draft and these 3 teams need to go all-in to get the Buckeyes’ quarterback.

The next quarterback taken off the board after Clemson Tigers signal-caller Trevor Lawrence must be Justin Fields of the Ohio State Buckeyes.

These two Georgia boys will always be connected to each other. They were the top two prospects coming out of high school, expected to go one-two in the 2021 NFL Draft. With Lawrence projected to go No. 1 overall to the Jacksonville Jaguars, Fields could go No. 2 to the New York Jets, No. 3 to the Miami Dolphins or No. 4 to the Atlanta Falcons. What if a team trades up to get him?

Would any of these 3 NFL teams move up for Justin Fields?

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Las Vegas Raiders
AFC West

This will give Jon Gruden a nice reset in Sin City

The Las Vegas Raiders had their moments this past season but came up short of making the AFC playoffs for the fourth year in a row. The Silver and Black have only qualified for the postseason twice since 2002. Though Derek Carr has given the Raiders some stability at the quarterback position, the veteran out of Fresno State also has a definite ceiling. Fields has untapped potential.

Las Vegas would have to trade up from No. 17 into the top three to be able to land Fields out of Ohio State. If they were to draft him, he would have to be the Week 1 starter because his talent is so undeniable. That would mean the Raiders would have to part ways with Carr after seven good, but not great seasons at the helm. It will be a tough breakup, but one the Raiders could consider.

Given that 2021 will only be year four of head coach Jon Gruden’s 10-year contract, trading up to draft Fields would be a great reset for the Super Bowl-winning head coach. While Gruden and general manager Mike Mayock may be all about Fields as a pro prospect, keep in mind who would be picking at No. 2 and at No. 3. New York and Miami are AFC teams, so that could be a challenge.

Las Vegas would have to give up so much draft capital to move the mountains necessary to land Fields at No. 2 or No. 3. Frankly, their best hope is for him to fall to No. 4 where Atlanta is picking at try their luck orchestrating a blockbuster with the Dirty Birds. Being able to land Fields is a bit of a pipe dream for the Raiders, but he has the chance to be Gruden’s best quarterback of all time.

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