Bears trade up to No. 11 in NFL Draft, select Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields

The Bears sent the Giants their No. 20 selection, a 2022 first-rounder and two more picks to get Fields.
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(670 The Score) Long searching for their franchise arm, the Bears traded up to acquire the No. 11 pick in the NFL Draft and selected Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields on Thursday evening.

The Bears traded their No. 20 overall pick and their 2022 first-round pick in addition to a 2021 fifth-round pick and 2022 fourth-round pick to move up. It landed them Fields, a two-time all-Big Ten quarterback who believes he can fill Chicago's longstanding void under center.

"The way I carry myself, the way I care about the game, the grit I have, the determination to be great," Fields said Thursday night.

"Wanting to be a franchise quarterback. I've been dreaming for this moment my whole life."

Fields threw for 2,100 yards, 22 touchdowns and six interceptions in eight games in 2020, when he led the Buckeyes to a national championship game appearance.

Fields went 20-2 as a starter in his Ohio State career and completed 68.4% of his passes in his college career. He was the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year in both 2019 and 2020. Fields was third in the Heisman Trophy voting in 2019 and seventh in 2020.

The blockbuster trade by Pace and the Bears came after a similar move in 2017, when they traded up from No. 3 to No. 2 overall to select quarterback Mitchell Trubisky. That move backfired spectacularly, with Trubisky never producing at a high level and Chicago eventually letting him walk in free agency in March.

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