Ex-Jets receiver Brandon Marshall said he thinks former Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields is the right piece for his former team.
Marshall, who played for the Jets from 2015-16, expressed his opinion on who Gang Green should select in the 2021 NFL Draft in a tweet sent directly to Jets co-owner, Woody Johnson on Wednesday.
It was Johnson who first took to Twitter on Tuesday to share, “As you know we have pick 2 and 23. Who do you like?” — to which Marshall casually replied, “Hey Woody. Justin.”
Johnson never replied to the tweet publicly, though, the responses from fans varied between Fields and former BYU quarterback Zach Wilson — the Jets’ presumed pick on April 29 in Cleveland.
The Jets are in desperate need of a quarterback after trading Sam Darnold to the Panthers earlier this month for three draft picks — a sixth-round pick in 2021 and a second-round and a fourth-round pick in 2022. The trade came after months of speculation as to what the Jets would do with Darnold following three lackluster seasons.
Though Marshall said he thinks Fields is a fit for the Jets at No. 2, Richard Sherman — former 49ers cornerback and now a free agent — has made it known that he believes San Fransisco will select Fields with the third pick, if he is on the board. Though, it’s presumed the 49ers will select Alabama’s Mac Jones. Former Clemson quarterback, Trevor Lawrence is expected to go No. 1 to the Jaguars in the QB-heavy draft.
Meanwhile, Fields has been at the forefront of pre-draft buzz because of mixed reviews about his potential and style of play.
On Wednesday, Fields participated in his second pro day, in which the Jets, 49ers, Patriots and Panthers all showed up to get a closer look at the 6-foot-3 quarterback. It has been widely reported that many more teams attended the rare second pro day, which was off-limits to media.
During his first pro day, Fields showed off his athleticism and impressed with a 4.44-second 40-yard-dash.
In just two years at Ohio State, Fields led the Buckeyes to a 20-2 record. He threw 67 touchdowns to just nine interceptions and ran for another 19 touchdowns.