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Player Profile: Justin Fields

Justin Fields will likely hear his name called in the top five of the 2021 NFL Draft

Height: 6′3″
Weight: 227 lbs
School: Ohio State

Why you’re drafting him…

Outside of Trevor Lawrence, you could say Fields is a close second when it comes to this year’s NFL Draft quarterback prospects; especially with the way the NFL is transitioning more to a dual-threat quarterback league. He has all the physical skills to go along with one of the strongest arms in the draft, giving him the ability to make all the throws with solid spin and speed. He can even throw tight spirals while on the run and isn’t afraid to tuck the ball and make plays with his legs. When the 2020 college football season started Fields looked to be at or near the playing level of Lawrence. The game was in slow motion for him, which is exactly what you want to see from a top NFL Draft quarterback prospect. In the first three games he went 72-for-83 (86.7%) for 908 yards, 11 passing touchdowns and ZERO interceptions to go along with two rushing touchdowns. Even in his bad games (which you will read below) he was still effective running the ball as he rushed 40 times for 217 yards and three touchdowns. He has it all. Everyone got to see one of his best games of the season as Fields put up six passing touchdowns against projected #1 pick Trevor Lawrence and the Clemson Tigers. He checks the boxes to be a future franchise leader and solidified himself as nothing less than a top-10 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft after putting up a solid pro day

Needs to improve…

The Ohio State Buckeyes played six games outside of the College Football Playoffs in 2020 and the final three of these games showed Fields’ imperfections. He completed 47-of-81 attempts (58%) for 613 yards, four touchdowns and five interceptions. This was due in large part to getting through his reads slower while also hesitating to pull the trigger on his anticipation throws, causing him to scramble and throw errant passes. Despite an unbelievably strong game against Clemson in the Sugar Bowl, Fields struggled in the National Championship against Alabama completing just 17-of-33 passes for 194 yards and one touchdown. If you watch the game tape, you’ll notice that he was often staring down Chris Olave, a flaw that he had the tendency to do all season, as he’d become too focused on just his primary target, pulling extra defenders to that receiver. However, I believe this issue is fixable if you can get the right coaching staff around him

Predictions for the 2021 NFL Draft…

Zach Wilson has been rumored to go to the New York Jets at No. 2, and with the San Francisco 49ers trading up to No. 3, it’s pretty safe to say they are the first team in line to land Fields. In the event the 49ers go another direction, I don’t see Fields dropping too far as the Falcons, Lions, Panthers and Broncos are all in the mix for a first-round quarterback. Fields would be a good fit for all these teams, he’s simply that good

Dynasty fantasy football spin…

Fields will be no worse than the third quarterback off the board, and in my books, he’s the QB2 behind Lawrence. In Superflex leagues, he should easily go as the 1.02 and in one QB leagues you should see him go at the beginning of round two

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