Draft Profile: QB Justin Fields, Ohio St.

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Pos. QB
Ht. 6’2 3/4″
Wt. 227
Class: 3JR
College. Ohio St.
DOB: 3/5/99

Stats/Accolades/History:
2018: 12 games (at Georgia). 27/39 (69.2), 328 yards, 4 TDs
2019: 14 games. 238/354 (67.2), 3,273 yards, 41 TDs, 3 ints
2020: 8 games. 158/225 (70.2), 2100 yards. 22 TDs, 6 ints
Misc. Stats: 260 att, 1133 yards, 19 TDs; 1 rec, -10 yards

Accolades. 2018 SEC Champion, 2019 Big Ten Champion, 2019 Big Ten Championship MVP, 2019 Big Ten Quarterback of the Year, 2019 Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year, 2019 Second-team All-American, 2019 Davey O’Brien Award Finalist, 2019 Heisman trophy finalist (3rd), 2020 First team All-Big Ten, 2020 Big Ten Champion

Injury History. Bothered by a knee injury in 2019.

History. Five-star recruit from Kennesaw, GA. Was a two-year starter at Harrison High School. Attended the Elite 11 quarterback competition, where he was named the MVP. Was a part of the Netflix series “QB1”. Also excelled at baseball. Originally committed to Penn St, before signing with Georgia. Saw action in 12 games backing up Jake Fromm at Georgia, before transferring to Ohio St. Hired attorney Thomas Mars, and was eventually granted a waiver to play immediately.

Strengths: Ideal size, well built kid. Arm talent is elite. Can make all the throws. Snaps the ball with velocity. Accuracy is a plus. Great athlete. Effective rolling out, on boots and nakeds. Has the size/speed combo to be utilized in RPOs and designed QB runs. Weapon with his feet in the red zone. Dangerous past the line of scrimmage. Really strong runner, who is hard to bring down. Obvious strong lower half. Secure ball handler. Really tough kid. Outstanding competitor and great character.

Weaknesses. Doesn’t always get past his first read, this sometimes limits throwing the ball down the field. Was surrounded by a ton of talent that could get open in his first progression. Is still growing as a decision maker. Footwork needs cleaning up. Holds the ball too long at times. Needs work dealing with pressure and getting his feet set.

Overview. Athletic, thrower, with run skills that would thrive in a system that likes to get the QB on the move.

Evaluation based on. Penn St. 20′, Northwestern 20′, Indiana 20′

Draft Projection: 1st Round Pick

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