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West Virginia linebacker Tony Fields selected by the Cleveland Browns in the fifth round of the 2021 NFL Draft


NCAA Football: Kansas at West Virginia Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports

West Virginia Mountaineers linebacker Tony Fields has been selected by the Cleveland Browns with the ninth pick in the fifth round (No. 153 overall) in the 2021 NFL Draft.

The former Arizona Wildcat enrolled at West Virginia last summer as a graduate transfer, and immediately made an impact on the Mountaineer defense. Fields played in nine games in 2020, starting in all nine, and racked up 88 total tackles and one interception.

The Las Vegas, Nevada native was named the Big 12 Conference Newcomer of the Year and earned All-Big 12 First Team honors. Fields finished No. 1 in the Big 12 and No. 27 nationally in tackles per game (9.8) and ranked No. 16 in the Big 12 in solo tackles (34).

The Smoking Musket will have additional analysis of Tony’s NFL destination, as well as other Mountaineers to be selected in the 2021 NFL Draft as the weekend continues.