Mel Kiper: Justin Fields Could Be Taken Ahead of Trevor Lawrence in 2021 NFL Draft

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Justin Fields playing for Ohio State in the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl | Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Mel Kiper went on First Take Tuesday and dropped a bit of a bomb. The veteran ESPN NFL draft analyst said he thinks it's possible Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields will be taken before Clemson's Trevor Lawrence in the 2021 NFL Draft.

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To be fair, Kiper says he has Lawrence No. 1 on his Big Board and believes he's the odds-on favorite to be the top pick in 2021. But he doesn't think it's a done deal and that Fields has more than enough talent to overtake the Clemson kid.

This shouldn't be considered a knock on Lawrence. He's been earmarked as the potential top pick in the 2021 draft since his senior year of high school for a reason. But Fields is really good and proved that during his first year as a starter at Ohio State.

Back in late November I said Fields could surpass Lawrence as the top prospect in the 2021 draft class. So we all know what this means, Mel Kiper is stealing my content. Clearly he's a big fan of the site, sees us as ahead of the curve and wants to copy what we've done to stay relevant. I mean, that's obvious to anyone reading.

OK, now back to reality.

Fields and Lawrence will be battling for the top spot in the quarterback rankings all season and it will be a blast to watch. Both guys are fantastic and should be in for great years.