Justin Fields trying to reverse Ohio State's rough quarterback history in the NFL

Chris Pugh
The Columbus Dispatch

Fifteen games into his rookie season, Chicago Bears quarterback Justin FIelds is continuing to work to reverse a rough track record for former Ohio State quarterbacks in the NFL. 

Fields, who was drafted in the first round, has had his ups and downs this season with 1,870 passing yards with seven touchdowns and 10 interceptions and has a 2-8 record as a starter.

‘‘We’re aware that when you draft a quarterback, there’s going to be some experiences and time that he needs to be able to get better and let the game slow down for him,’’ Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy said. 

Here is a rundown on how former Ohio State quarterbacks have fared in the NFL:

Dec 27, 1987; Los Angeles, CA, USA; FILE PHOTO; Chicago Bears quarterback Mike Tomczak (18) in action against the Los Angeles Raiders at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Peter Brouillet-USA TODAY NETWORK

Mike Tomczak

Tomczak was an undrafted free agent who started his career with the Bears. 

He was 42-31 as a starter, with 16,079 passing yards, 88 touchdowns and 106 interceptions.

New York\'s Kent Graham tries to get rid of the ball as he is hit by Indianapolis\' Chad Bratzke (92) and Shawn King during Sunday\'s game at East Rutherford, N.J. The Colts won 27-19. AP Photo

Kent Graham

Graham was an eighth-round draft pick by the New York Giants in 1992. He finished his career with a 17-21 record, 39 touchdowns and 33 interceptions.

Black and white file photo of Earle Bruce (right) talking to Tom Tupa in 1987 (Columbus Dispatch Photo by Tim Revell).

Tom Tupa

Tupa was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the third round of the 1988 draft.

He was 4-9 as a starter, with 3,430 passing yards, 12 touchdowns and 25 interceptions. 

Tupa was primarily used as a punter in the NFL. 

Dec 27, 2020; Landover, Maryland, USA; Washington Football Team quarterback Dwayne Haskins (7) stands on the sidelines after being benched against the Carolina Panthers in the fourth quarter at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Dwayne Haskins

Haskins was drafted in the first round in 2019 by the Washington Football Team. He has 2,804 passing yards, 12 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.      

Nov 22, 1998; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; FILE PHOTO; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Bobby Hoying (7) in action against the New York Giants at Giants Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Lou Capozzola-USA TODAY NETWORK

Bobby Hoying

Hoying was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the third round in 1996

He had a 3-9 record as a starter and threw for 2,544 yards, 11 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. 

Aug 7, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Terrelle Pryor (2) prepares to pass during the fourth quarter of a preseason game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Broncos defeated the Seahawks 21-16. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Terrelle Pryor

Pryor was drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the third round in 2011. He has a 3-7 record as a starter, with 1,994 passing yards, nine touchdowns and 12 interceptions.

August 28, 2010; Baltimore, MD, USA;  Baltimore Ravens quarterback Troy Smith (10) in action during the preseason game against the New York Giants at M&T Bank Stadium. The Ravens won the game 24-10. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

Troy Smith

Smith was a fifth-round pick in 2007 by the Baltimore Ravens. 

He finished his career with 1,734 passing yards, eight touchdowns and five interceptions, and a 4-4 record as a starter. 

Sep 8, 1985; Pittsburgh , PA, USA; FILE PHOTO; Indianapolis Colts quarterback (10) Art Schlichter in action against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Three Rivers Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tony Tomsic-USA TODAY NETWORK

Art Schlichter 

Schlichter was a first-round pick by the Indianapolis Colts in 1982.

He lost all six of his NFL starts, throwing for 1,006 yards, three touchdowns and 11 interceptions. 

Schlichter's career was derailed by legal issues which led to a run of prison sentences that spanned two decades -- brought on by a gambling addiction that led to financial fraud, theft

Craig Krenzel was 3-2 as a starter for the Bears in his lone year in the NFL.(Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Craig Krenzel

Krenzel was drafted by the Bears in the fifth round in 2004

He had a 3-2 record as a starter with 718 passing yards, three touchdowns and six interceptions. 

*** NOTE:  THIS PHOTO ALSO RAN 12/28/97 (5E); and 1/19/97, PG. 3E, SPORTS. *** college football -- OSU Quarterback Joe Germaine passes during the final touchdown drive on the way to winning the 1997 Rose Bowl against Arizona State.  Photo by Eric Albrecht. (*** LIBRARY NOTE: We credited Mike Munden as the photographer when photo was published in Rose Bowl Reprint.)

Joe Germaine

Joe Germaine was a fourth-round pick by the St. Louis Rams in 1999. 

He threw for 136 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions.

Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Cardale Jones (12) gets away from Alabama Crimson Tide defensive back Nick Perry (27) during the second quarter in the Allstate Sugar Bowl college football playoff semifinal at Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans on Thursday, January 1, 2015. (Columbus Dispatch photo by Jonathan Quilter)

Cardale Jones

Jones was drafted in the fourth round in the 2016 draft by the Buffalo Bills and completed 6 of 11 passes for 96 yards and one interception.

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