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2021 NFL Draft Scouting Report: QB Justin Fields


Positional ranking: #5

Big Board ranking: #31

 

Overview

Position: QB

College: Ohio State

Class: Junior

Age: 22

 

Measurables

Height: 6’2 3/4”

Weight: 227 lbs.

Arm length: 32 1/2″

Hand size: 9 1/8″

 

Athletic testing

40-yard dash: 4.44 sec.

Vertical jump: N/A

Broad jump: N/A

Bench press: N/A

3-cone drill: N/A

Short shuttle: N/A

 

Strengths

Very impressive natural accuracy and touch. Excellent mobility and athleticism. Good size with a very sturdy frame. Smooth release and throws a catchable ball. Tremendous arm strength and willing to push the ball downfield. Elite deep ball accuracy. Extremely accurate on the first read. Throws with ideal velocity over the middle. Able to thread throws into coverage. Hits receivers in stride to allow runs after the catch. Great ball placement on intermediate throws. Good timing on throws to the sideline. Plus back-shoulder ball. Very accurate throwing to a spot when receivers have a step. Fast and powerful in the open field. Dangerous as a runner on designed plays and scrambles. Can still make an impact through passing struggles with a big run. Strength and balance allows him to avoid sacks when defenders get a hand on him. Will slide to protect himself. Showed outstanding toughness playing through a rib injury in the College Football Playoff.

 

Weaknesses

Poor overall field vision. Concerns about processing with not much to be encouraged about in terms of working through progressions. Can be indecisive pulling the trigger. Sub-par pocket awareness. Struggles to deal with pressure. Lacks playmaking ability as a passer outside the pocket considering athleticism. Seems to aim the ball on underneath throws at times after the first read. Threw into coverage too often in 2020.

 

NFL comparison

Ryan Tannehill

 

Conclusion

Overall, Fields is a very talented quarterback in terms of accuracy and athleticism, but he certainly has some aspects to his game that need to be developed to find consistent success versus NFL defenses. While the dual-threat skillset could get him onto the field early, Fields might be better off learning for a year.

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Kev
Kev
3 months ago

Major red flags to me. Not sure he’s a franchise QB.

patsnation
patsnation
3 months ago

Please no

Roy
Roy
2 months ago

Better than Lawrence.

guest
guest
2 months ago

Folded against Northwestern!

Nick
Nick
1 month ago

Indiana game was literally terrible yet people make it like he’s a can’t miss prospect

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