Justin Fields Scouting Report

Justin Fields Scouting Report

BIOGRAPHY

  • Position: QB
  • School: Ohio State
  • Class: Junior
  • Height: 6’3″
  • Weight: 227 lbs.

Justin Fields was a 5-star recruit coming out of Harrison High School in Kennesaw, Georgia. He was the number two overall prospect in the country behind fellow 2021 NFL prospect Trevor Lawrence. He had his choice of schools to go to, but decided to stay close to home and commit to the Georgia Bulldogs. After limited play time with the Bulldogs in 2018, and some controversy with the coaching staff, he transferred to Ohio State University. In two seasons with the Buckeyes, Fields recorded 5,373 passing yards, 63 touchdowns to 9 interceptions. He also added 867 rushing yards on 218 carries and 15 rushing touchdowns. His best season cAME in 2019 where he recorded 3,273 passing yards with 41 touchdowns to 3 interceptions. He also added 484 rushing yards on 137 carries and 10 rushing touchdowns.

GRADING

Size: 5

Fields is great as far as size goes for the position. He has good height and is built like a tank at 227 pounds. Fields had to be built like that to have carried the ball 218 times in his time at Ohio State. He is the most NFL ready QB as far as size is concerned.

Accuracy: 4

You name the area of the field, Fields is accurate in it. He throws a beautiful deep ball, and is surgical in the red zone. Fields can sometimes miss on short to medium throws just from him putting too much on the throw. Not consistent enough for it to be a problem, but it’s there.

Mobility/Throw on the Run: 5

Super dangerous when he hits the open field, will just simply out run guys. Punishes smaller players in in secondary with his size. Throws accurate strikes while on the move and keeps his eyes downfield while scrambling to find an open receiver.

Pocket Presence/Poise4

Will make the big play at all costs, whether that is with his arms, or with his legs. Is fearless standing in the pocket, but can sometimes be oblivious to incoming pressure, will definitely need to improve there.

Reads/Progressions: 2

The weakest area of his game. Will consistently stare down his primary read and will run before moving on to his second. Drops his eyes too often while in the pocket, looking to scramble.

Decision Making: 3

While he makes the big plays when you need him, if you knock him off his rhythm early, he will struggle the rest of the game, making very questionable throws the rest of the contest. Forces throws that are tight in college, and will become even tighter in the NFL.

Arm Strength: 5

Throws the ball effortlessly to all levels of the field. He has a big time arm, and he knows it, will spin the ball into tight coverages.

Mechanics: 4

His mechanics are good, just need some polishing up. Like I said, he has a big arm and he knows it. With knowing this, he doesn’t always throw with his feet set, even when he has the time to get the set.

Health: 4

Due to his tough play style, he has a history of injuries. Nothing ever too serious (hip pointer, rib injuries, rolled ankles) but something that could hurt him as he gets older.

Score: 37/45

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SUMMARY

I hear a lot of talk that Fields can’t be trusted because he’s an Ohio State quarterback, this is ludicrous. Recent Ohio State quarterbacks (JT Barrett, Cardale Jones, Dwayne Haskins) have had major flaws that Fields doesn’t have. He is a true dual-threat quarterback, that with some coaching, can be a top tier quarterback in this league.

PRO COMPARISON

Cam Newton

DRAFT PROJECTION

First round, top 15

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