2021 mock draft has Vikings gifting Justin Fields to division rival

(Photo by G Fiume/Maryland Terrapins/Getty Images) Justin Fields
(Photo by G Fiume/Maryland Terrapins/Getty Images) Justin Fields /

A recent mock draft has the Minnesota Vikings trading their first-round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft to the Chicago Bears, who then go on to select Justin Fields.

Betting on the Minnesota Vikings making a trade in the upcoming 2021 NFL Draft would be a smart decision to make.

Since becoming the Vikings general manager in 2012, trading draft picks has developed into a bit of an addiction for Rick Spielman. He just can’t help himself, and every year, it feels like this habit of his gets a little more out of control (he made four draft day deals in 2020).

So it’s pretty safe to assume Minnesota will be making trades with their draft picks later this week. What comes as a result of these deals is something that we will all have to wait and see.

Minnesota Vikings trade top pick to Chicago Bears in recent 2021 mock draft

With the 2021 draft now just being a few days away from beginning, one would think that some of the latest mock drafts would make more sense than the ones that were being released two months ago.

But CBS Sports’ Jonathan Jones recently shared a mock draft that included the Vikings making a head-scratching decision with their first-round pick.

Jones has Minnesota trading the No. 14 selection to their NFC North rival, the Chicago Bears, for the No. 20 pick, the No. 52 selection in the second round, and a fourth-round pick in the 2022 draft.

With their newly acquired selection at No. 14, Jones has the Bears adding former Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields.

So we really think the Vikings are just going to hand over a potential franchise quarterback to their division rival for a first, a second, and a fourth next year? Sorry sir, but this is never going to happen.

First, Minnesota would never make a trade with the Bears that would result in them getting Fields, who could potentially torment them in the NFC North for the next decade.

Second, if the Vikings had even a sliver of a thought that Chicago wanted their first-round pick to draft Fields, Minnesota isn’t going to be asking for just one first-round selection in return.

Just imagine how the phone call would go between the Bears’ front office and Spielman.

“Hey Rick, Chicago wants to know if you want to trade our first-round pick to them so they can select Justin Fields.”

Once Spielman controls his laughter and realizes he’s not being pranked, he says, “sure, tell them I’m going to need at least three first-round selections in return to even think about making a deal like that.”

If the Vikings ever made the deal that Jones has them agreeing to in his mock draft, it would go down right next to the Herschel Walker trade as one of the worst decisions in the history of the franchise.