The Justin Fields era is underway for the Chicago Bears.
The 6-foot-3 dual-threat Ohio State Buckeyes passer transferred from Georgia and made back-to-back College Football Playoffs in Columbus, where he threw for 5,373 passing yards, tallied 63 passing touchdowns and added just nine interceptions. Still, he found himself selected behind the likes of Clemson's Trevor Lawrence, BYU's Zach Wilson and North Dakota State's Trey Lance in the 2021 NFL Draft, going 11th overall to the Bears.
While Fields is still figuring it in his first year as the full-time starter, he turned heads for his blazing speed at Ohio State's Pro Day before the draft.
Justin Fields Runs 4.44 Second 40-Yard Dash Time
Justin Fields was MOVING ?
He ran 4.44u at Ohio State Pro Day.
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) March 30, 2021
Justin Fields officially ran a 4.44 40-yard dash at his Pro Day, which is a historically fast time. According to The MMBQ's Albert Breer, a second scout in attendance clocked him at 4.43 seconds.
Only two first-round quarterbacks in NFL Combine history have ever been clocked faster. Michael Vick ran the fastest time for a quarterback at 4.33 seconds in 2001 and Robert Griffin III ran it in 4.41 seconds in 2012, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
The NFL Combine was canceled in 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic, but teams are treating pro days as such.
Only 1st-Round QB to run a faster 40 time at the Combine since 2006 than Justin Fields? unofficial 4.44 today was Robert Griffin III, who ran a 4.41 at the 2012 Combine. https://t.co/dDLMkPgtwA
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 30, 2021
Lamar Jackson and Kyler Murray didn't run the 40-yard dash. Both were expected to run faster than a 4.44.
The OSU product ran a faster time than all of these current NFL quarterbacks: Marcus Mariota (4.52), Russell Wilson (4.53), Cam Newton (4.59) and Deshaun Watson (4.66).
Last year's quarterback class was a good one. It included first-round picks in Lawrence, Fields, Wilson, Lance and Alabama's Mac Jones.
So far in his NFL career, Justin Field's blazing speed has been his biggest asset as the Bears seem to be allergic to passing.
The Bears QB could wind up the next MVP or Super Bowl-winning quarterback considering he can run faster than some running backs. Whatever Fields was doing to work on his speed before the draft paid off big time. Now, he has to prove it on the field.
Enjoy all things sports?
Don't miss a story! Sign up for daily stories delivered to your inbox.