QB, Ohio State.
Previously: 5 Avg. 4.8 per 35
Fields had an excellent pro day, showing off his amazing speed in the 40-yard dash and illustrating showing his accurate, powerful arm capable of going vertical. It was an excellent workout from the superstar athlete.
Fields completed 70 percent of his passes in 2020 for 2,100 yards with 22 touchdowns and six interceptions. He had five rushing scores as well. Versus Alabama in the National Championship, Fields was 17-of-33 for 194 yards with a touchdown. He played better than the numbers indicate.
In the opening round of the college football playoff, Fields dominated Clemson, leading Ohio State to a resounding win. Fields completed 22-of-28 passes against the Tigers for 385 yards, six touchdown passes and one interception that came on a tipped pass. He also ran for 42 yards on eight carries and was playing hurt. Fields was phenomenal with his deep-ball accuracy, and he fired some beautiful passes into tight windows. It was a great bounce-back performance for Fields, who struggled as a pocket passer against Northwestern in the Big Ten Championship, completing 12-of-27 passes for 114 yards - with zero touchdowns - and two interceptions. Fields had issues taking sacks and displayed a lack of pocket awareness.
Fields also had a bad game against Indiana earlier in the year that revealed some of the same weaknesses. He took some sacks when he had time to get rid of the ball and reacted slow to some blitzes. There is no doubt that Fields needs to improve his awarenesses as a pocket passer for the NFL. When Indiana was sending extra pressure, Fields needed to fire the ball out and take some short completions rather than holding onto the ball hoping to make a big play downfield. There were a few times when he had receivers open for short completions, but Fields was going for the home run instead of taking what the defense was giving.
The Indiana and Northwestern tapes revealed that Fields still has some raw elements to his game and needs to improve his ability as a pocket passer for the next level. He has to take shorter and easier completions, get the ball out faster, and show more awareness against the pass rush.
In order to prioritize protecting their own jobs above everything else, the Big Ten presidents and commissioner failed their students by canceling fall football even though the odds are higher for a player to die in a car accident going to practice than from COVID-19. Along with abandoning a player who made the conference a lot of money last year, Fields' development as a football player is significantly hurt by the lost season because he needed more reps and playing time to grow before going to the NFL. With that being taken away from him, Fields has more bust potential as he will need more time and grooming in a league that does not have much patience even for first-round quarterback prospects - e.g. Josh Rosen.
Fields has a dynamic skill set with natural passing ability and is a dangerous runner. In speaking with some team sources, we agreed he looks like a bigger Deshaun Watson. Fields has a good skill set with a live arm and an ability to do damage with his feet. He can throw the ball accurately in rhythm with anticipation. Consistently, Fields locates his passes well, placing them in position for his receiver to make the reception and pick up yards catch. On top of accuracy, Fields throws a catchable ball. He also possesses excellent mobility to hurt defenses with his feet. Fields has issues panicking when defenses send heavy blitzes his direction, which is a serious issue that he could have used a junior season to improve upon rather than having to fix that against NFL defenses.
Fields (6-3, 223) was one of the top recruits in the nation along with Trevor Lawrence. Fields started off his career at Georgia before transferring to Ohio State. In Fields' one season at Georgia, he was 27-of-39 for 328 yards with four touchdowns passing and four touchdowns rushing. He took over as the Buckeyes' starting quarterback in 2019 following Dwayne Haskins' departure for the NFL and dominated. Fields completed 67 percent of his passes on the year for 3,273 yards with 41 touchdowns and three interceptions. He also ran for 484 yards and 10 scores.
Drafted in Round:1 Pick:11 by
New York Giants:
The Bears had to make this move. Andy Dalton was their projected starter entering the 2021 season, and there's no way they could have sold their fans and players on that. They couldn't waste a great defense or Allen Robinson any further. I imagine they're absolutely shocked that Justin Fields is still on the board. He's arguably the second-best quarterback in this class. For my money he is, so I must grade this as an A+.
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