Feb
21
2021

Draft Profile: Justin Fields

Justin Fields

Ohio State-QB, 6’3”, 228 Pounds

Strengths:

  • Accurate Passer
  • Arm Strength
  • Timing Passer
  • Throws Catch-able Ball
  • Speed
  • Athleticism
  • Aggressive

Weaknesses:

  • Pocket Awareness
  • Blitz Recognition
  • Take the Check-down

Summary:

Coming out of high school, Fields was a top recruit along with Trevor Lawrence. He committed to the University of Georgia. As freshman Fields lost the QB competition to Jake Fromm. He did see limited time with the Bulldogs. Fields passed for 328 yards and four touchdowns, he added four rushing touchdowns as well.

Fields decided to transfer to Ohio State in 2019 when the Bulldogs stayed committed to Fromm. As a sophomore, he passed for 3,273 yards and 41 touchdowns, with only four interceptions. He added 484 yards and 10 rushing touchdowns to his stats.

2020 was an uneven season for Fields. There were a lot of ups and downs from the start. In the summer the Big Ten canceled their football season due to covid and the pandemic. Then, at the end of September and with some pressure from players, the conference decided to play a condensed season.

Fields still finished the season completing 70% of his passes for 2,100 yards and 22 touchdowns. He did have six interceptions though. Fields helped lead the Buckeyes to the National Championship game against Alabama. Unfortunately, they lost.

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Draft-able Traits:

As a passer Fields has all the tools to lead a team at the NFL level. He has shown accuracy and timing throughout his college career. Fields throws a very catch-able football and his placement of the ball is unmatched in the draft class. If you are looking for an aggressive passer, Fields is the picture of that in college. He trusts his receiver to go up and catch the ball.

As you can see by the rushing stats, he is a very mobile QB. His speed and athleticism make him a hard match-up for the defense.

Areas of Improvement:

Like all draft prospects, there is a need for improvement. Fields will need to improve his composure in the pocket when there is pressure. When there is pressure, he loses his footwork. His pre-snap read will also need to improve; understanding, where the pressure is coming from, may help improve his pocket awareness.

Draft Outlook:

Fields has all the tools to be a starting QB in the NFL and could be their franchise QB if he is treated correctly. I have seen Fields as high as the second pick in the draft to the New York Jets or a team that trades up all the way to the middle of the first round. On draft day, we will have to wait and see where he is selected too.

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