Justin Fields was very near ending up with a special NFC North workforce.
The Bears made the most important splash throughout the first spherical of the 2021 NFL Draft, shifting up 9 spots to seize the sliding Ohio State QB eleventh total. They despatched the Giants a future first-round choose and extra to safe the choose.
However the Bears did not simply take Fields for themselves — they saved the uber-talented passer away from a division rival. Per ESPN’s Courtney Cronin, the Vikings had been prepared to pick Fields with the No. 14 total choose, however the Bears’ large transfer as much as No. 11 surprised Minnesota and left the workforce with out a right away QB choice in that spot.
The Vikings made a number of makes an attempt to commerce up, per Cronin, however no groups bit. Cronin experiences that the Vikings had been excessive on sort out Rashawn Slater (he went No. 13 to the Chargers) and ultimately accepted a transfer again to No. 23, buying and selling down with the Jets after Slater was off the board.
The Jets would choose USC offensive lineman Alijah Vera-Tucker at No. 14, whereas the Vikings would choose Virginia Tech sort out Christian Darrisaw at No. 23. Minnesota would later use one of many third-round picks despatched from the Jets to pick Texas A&M quarterback Kellen Mond.
The Vikings weren’t “determined” sufficient to maneuver as much as choose Fields, per Cronin, however would have had a set succession plan in place after incumbent QB Kirk Cousins’ departure. As an alternative, they hung again and chosen Mond.
Minnesota brass had let Cousins know that they had been seeking to choose a quarterback within the draft, as to not blindside him.
The Vikings, although, will now need to face Fields twice a 12 months as an alternative. This is to hoping the choice to not commerce up would not come again to chew them.