Justin Fields Scouting Report: 2021 NFL Draft Prospect Profile
Updated: Nov 14, 2020
Bobby Bishop's third scouting report focusses on Ohio State quarteback, Justin Fields. With so many NFL teams in need of quarterback help, Fields seems destined to go highly in the 2021 NFL Draft and so without further ado, let us dig into the star QB's resume up to this point.
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Justin Fields – QB, Ohio State
Height - 6’3”
Weight - 227 lbs
Class - Junior
Hometown - Kennesaw, GA
Justin Fields emerged as a top QB recruit at Harrison High School, where he had over 4,000 passing yards and over 2,000 rushing yards. Before his senior year, he was named MVP of the 2017 Elite 11 camp over Trevor Lawrence.
During his senior year, he was followed with cameras for the Netflix documentary show: QB1. He committed to play for Georgia in college, but his senior year was cut short two weeks later when he broke his index finger. After enrolling at Georgia, it became clear that Georgia was going to roll with Jake Fromm, their established starter, as their number one QB. Fromm was only a Sophomore, which meant that Fields would be a backup at least two years. He got some playing time his freshman year, but after he was called a racial slur by a Georgia baseball player, Fields decided it would be best to transfer.
Due to this unfortunate incident, he found a new home where he was able to start immediately. He committed to Ohio State, a team whose job was wide open following Dwayne Haskins’ declaration for the 2019 NFL Draft after his RS Sophomore season. Fields came into OSU, won the job easily, and balled out for the Buckeyes.
He was insane as a passer, throwing for 3,273 yards and 41 touchdowns to just 3 interceptions. Unfortunately, two of those three interceptions came against Clemson in the College Football Playoffs, one of which was on the final—potentially game winning drive. He finished 3rd in the Heisman voting, which he will look to win this season.
Very good vision as a runner. Good speed, probably in the 4.5 range. He doesn’t leave the pocket too soon as some scramblers do and has a very good pocket presence. He hangs in the pocket and makes good throws, even when a hit is impending.
He was very composed in his interview after losing in the College Football Playoffs. Coaches rave about his leadership abilities. He takes care of the ball—only one interception in the regular season which was the receiver’s fault.
He has great arm talent with extreme arm strength and velocity. He throws an accurate catchable deep ball that he can place exceptionally. He is good at making impromptu plays—great scrambler and thrower on the run. He is very tough and played the last few games of the season on a hurt left knee.
Needs to slide as a runner to protect his body. He has had a knee injury and a finger injury already—not quite injury prone yet. Has a few footwork issues to clean up. His field vision still needs to develop in some areas.
He sometimes sticks with his first option, even if the receiver isn’t open. Doesn’t always read the safeties well. He hasn’t shown the composure to lead a game-winning drive. His only opportunity last season was the final drive in the College Football Playoffs—need a bigger sample size before we say he is incapable.
Deshaun Watson. He has similar toughness, escapability, and accuracy. He is better at throwing the deep ball, but doesn’t have Watson’s elite leadership.
Justin Fields has a very good chance to win the Heisman this year, which would boost his stock to compete with Lawrence for the top spot. He is a true dual threat player, whose mobility in the pocket is exactly what NFL teams are looking for nowadays. I don’t think he will be used like Lamar Jackson, but he will be more like a Deshaun Watson or Russell Wilson—pocket passer with the ability to keep defense honest with their speed and escapability. He should be a pro bowl caliber QB and a franchise QB.
2nd QB taken. Top 5 pick.
Vs. UMass (2018) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hwq0uudTYfA
Vs. Alabama (2018) Conference Championship - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ltqrrNyAbM
Vs. FAU (2019) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eh3i5uUnLQA
Vs. Cincinnati (2019) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4xt0Qc115G4
Vs. Michigan State (2019) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OfaKBGQJ5nM
Vs. Rutgers (2019) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_WNthioFVOs
Vs. Penn State (2019) - https://vimeo.com/375274350/680b70f607
Vs. Clemson (2020) College Football Playoffs Semifinals - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJWGym7JtrM