Chris Olave played with Justin Fields at Ohio State and he knows better than anyone how well he’ll play.
Justin Fields has a lot more support at Ohio State than he did in his first year in Chicago.
Look no further than the receivers he was throwing the ball to in his last college football game when the Buckeyes lost to Alabama in the College Football Playoff National Championship: Garrett Wilson, Chris Olave and Jameson Williams. Those three were selected consecutively in this year’s NFL draft 10th, 11th, and 12th overall.
Do not hold the talent Fields was blessed to play with at Ohio State or his rookie year abysmal numbers as evidence Fields will be another Ohio State quarterback that fails in the pros. Olave has no doubt that Fields is going to get the job done.
“That ain’t no question man, get that out your head. He is going to be good,” Olave told Da Windy City podcast when asked if Bears fans should be concerned about Fields. “He is one of the hardest workers. He is going to find a way.”
That work ethic has been verified at Bears minicamp and this offseason with new general manager Ryan Poles raving that Fields is the first one in the building at Halas Hall and the last one to leave. Poles and Fields have been spending time together including evaluating receivers leading up to the draft like Velus Jones who has been on the phone with Fields building chemistry since getting selected.
The effort is being put forth combined with Fields’s talent base.
“He is going to find a way to win games and do what he does,” Olave elaborated. “He is fast, a great leader, everything you want in a quarterback. He has it all.”
Fields and Olave are still close friends and presumably would have loved to play together in the NFL. The Bears did not have a first round pick and Olave was selected 11th overall by New Orleans the same spot Fields was picked the year prior after the Bears traded up to get their quarterback of the future.
Olave has no doubt Fields will be just that.
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