Justin Fields knows who he wants to pattern his game after. And the name is familiar to Bears fans: Russell Wilson.
The Bears tried to trade for Wilson in March, offering the Seahawks a fortune in draft picks, only to be told that coach Pete Carroll didn’t want to deal his star quarterback. Now, after moving up to No. 11 to pick Fields on Thursday night, the Bears hope they have their own franchise quarterback.
Fields, the Oho State standout, said he admired Cam Newton in eighth and ninth grade.
“But I would say these past couple years I’ve kind of turned more to a Russell Wilson-type quarterback,” he said. “I’ve watched a lot of film on him. I’ve watched a lot of highlights on him.
“So I think the things that we can do on the field with both of those quarterbacks, I think we have a lot of similarities between extending plays with our legs and also having the arm talent. So I think those are a couple of guys that I kind of emulate my game after.”
Asked for specifics, Fields pointed to Wilson’s passing style — and leadership.
“Just his deep ball is one, just off the top of my head — the way he puts it up, a lot of arc on it,” he said. “His accuracy, of course, and just how he carries himself as a leader, as a teammate. I like his game because he’s an accurate quarterback. He also uses his legs. So just stuff like that. I think those are some similarities that we have.”