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Justin Fields 2021 NFL Draft Profile

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The 2021 NFL Draft will be a great event for teams to start building for their future. Here is the Justin Fields 2021 NFL Draft Profile.

Justin Fields Background

Position: Quarterback

Size: 6-foot-3, 228 pounds

Class: Junior

2020: 2,100 passing yards, 22 touchdowns, 6 interceptions, 70.2 percent completion, 9.3 yards per attempt, 383 rushing yards, 5 rushing touchdowns

One of the most prized quarterbacks in college football over the last two seasons, Justin Fields has made an impact after transferring to Ohio State. After two seasons with the Buckeyes, Fields has declared for the 2021 NFL Draft.

Fields was one of the best recruits in the country and chose to play his college football in his home state at Georgia. As a freshman, he saw the field sparingly behind Jake Fromm. He finished the season with 328 passing yards, 266 rushing yards and eight total touchdowns. After the season, he decided to transfer to Ohio State. In his first season with the Buckeyes, Fields passed for 3,273 yards, 41 touchdowns and three interceptions on 67.2 percent completion. The Buckeyes went 13-1 that season, losing to Clemson in the CFP semifinal. In 2020, Fields put up 2,100 passing yards, 22 touchdowns and six interceptions on 70.2 percent completion. The Buckeyes made it all the way to the National Championship Game, but ultimately fell to Alabama.

Fields had two great seasons for Ohio State and is now one of the best quarterbacks in the draft class. He is a projected top 10 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.

Strengths

Justin Fields 2021 NFL Draft Profile
Justin Fields

Fields hits the size and athletic profile of a modern day quarterback. He is 6-foot-3 and 228 pounds, which is solid size for an NFL quarterback. His size and athleticism make him tough to bring down when he is in the pocket. Fields’ athleticism and movement also help him evade pressure.

His arm strength is among the best in the class. Fields can get a lot of heat on his passes, which helps him fit balls into tight windows. He has the arm strength to throw from one hash to the opposite sideline, as well as the strength to throw the ball downfield without it hanging in the air for a long time.

He has solid accuracy to all areas of the field. Fields can hit receivers in the flats and in the intermediate passing game. His strong arm helps him get balls into tight windows, but his accuracy is also shown through these throws. Fields throws an accurate deep ball, which steers clear of defenders and only gives receivers chances to make the play.

Weaknesses

Fields has struggled with pressure over his career. It starts before the snap as he has trouble recognizing blitzers. This can throw whole plays off-balance. After the snap, he sometimes doesn’t react to the pressure coming after him, which results in sacks or errant throws.

At times Fields believes in his arm a little too much. He will try to fit the ball into windows that are too tight, which results in turnovers. Specifically, Fields tries to fit too many passes in front of a safety. He needs to respect the safety and throw it earlier or find a new target to hit.

When Fields struggles, he often times is staring down one receiver. He has shown the capability to read the whole field, although he does need to speed up his progressions, but there are still some games where he telegraphs who he is passing it too. Fields needs to look off safeties and make sure he isn’t locking on to one receiver to be successful at the next level.

Projected Draft Range: Top 10 Pick

 

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