Former Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields is set to workout at his second and final pro day on Wednesday in Columbus ahead of the 2021 NFL Draft.
Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin and general manager Kevin Colbert were both in attendance for Fields’ first showcase on March 30, and the former had an intriguing exchange with the young passer.
“You know who we came to see,” Tomlin said greeting Fields. “Give it to me baby.”
“I got you. I got you,” Fields replied.
“Have a good day, man. Let us know if you need anything,” Tomlin added.
Mike Tomlin and Justin Fields.— Colin Dunlap (@colin_dunlap) April 12, 2021
Either the exchange was just polite encouragement from Tomlin, or the Steelers are genuinely interested Fields as a successor to Ben Roethlisberger.
The only problem with that plan is that Fields will likely selected well before the Steelers pick at No. 24.
Now if Fields were to somehow fall and be available in the late teens, then Pittsburgh should immediately begin exploring options to trade up and snag him.
Wednesday will be an important day to determine how legitimate Pittsburgh’s interest in Fields is. If they make a second trip to Columbus, it is real. If not, then the Steelers were just doing their due diligence.
Fields was outstanding over two season with the Buckeyes, throwing for 5,373 yards, 63 touchdowns and just nine interceptions. He also rushed for 867 yards and 15 scores.
He lost just two games as a starter in Columbus, and was a Heisman Trophy finalist in 2019.