Ohio State Buckeyes QB Justin Fields declares for 2021 NFL draft

The class for quarterbacks in the NFL draft is getting a little more crowded.

Ohio State passer Justin Fields announced on his verified Twitter account Monday that he will forgo his senior season and enter the 2021 NFL draft.

Fields posted a statement in which he thanked his family, teammates, Buckeyes coaches and the rest of the program's support staff before making the announcement.

"Growing up, my dream was to one day play the game that I love at the highest level," Fields wrote in a statement. "Now thanks to God's grace and mercy, along with the help of you all, I am in position to turn that dream into reality. And for that reason, I am forgoing my senior year and declaring for the 2021 NFL Draft."

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Fields, who started his college career at Georgia before transferring to Ohio State for the 2019 season, finishes his career with 5,701 passing yards on a 68.4% completion rate, with 67 touchdowns versus nine interceptions. He also ran the ball 260 times for 1,133 yards with 19 rushing scores.

Justin Fields' dad said Monday that his son had suffered a hip pointer in semifinal against Clemson. (Photo: Ken Ruinard, USA TODAY Sports)

Fields started 22 games over his last two seasons at Ohio State, including a College Football Playoff national championship game loss against Alabama earlier this month.

Fields joins Clemson's Trevor Lawrence and BYU's Zach Wilson as the quarterbacks expected to be taken at the top of the NFL draft.

The Jacksonville Jaguars and the New York Jets, the teams with the top two overall selections, are expected to be interested in adding passers early in the draft.

In the latest USA TODAY Sports NFL mock draft, Fields was projected to the Falcons with the No. 4 overall pick.

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