Justin Fields

QB, Ohio State

  • Conf Big Ten - East
  • Jersey #--
  • Class Junior
  • HT 6'3"
  • DOB 03/05/1999
  • WT 223 lbs


    PROS (+): Fields showcases that same natural arm that so many of the recent top quarterback prospects have illustrated as of late. He's got a prep background in baseball (as a shortstop) which is easy to see when you ask him to throw on the move. He's an effortless thrower, he'll generate ample torque on the ball and can zip throws into tight coverage without much incident even if he's on untraditional platforms. His delivery is sudden and he's capable of snapping the throw out quickly to beat pressure. Fields has all the physical tools you'd expect of a potential franchise quarterback — whether that's his arm or his ability to extend within or outside the pocket. OSU implemented a lot of zone read and RPO concepts for Fields, offensive staples that have risen to prominence at the pro level as teams adapt a more wide open, faster style of play. Fields will benefit from these trends and has a good track record of keying defenders in these reps despite having just one season as a starter in Columbus (and a handful of nearly useless packaged reps in 2018 at Georgia). Showed impressive toughness against Michigan after a scary knee injury and returns without incident — including an impressive touchdown strike on the same possession. Accounting for 51 touchdowns in 2019, Fields is still just scratching the surface of what he can develop into; already offering needed physical skills, a strong mastery of RPO/read concepts and bright flashes of ball placement and accuracy in both quick timing concepts and over the middle of the field.

    CONS (—): Added experience will be needed to stabilize his projection — he's a one year starter at OSU and did get out of sync in significant stretches of some of his bigger tests last season, including Penn State, Michigan State, Wisconsin and the CFB Playoff Semi-Final vs. Clemson. There were instances in which he was a bit too quick to drop his eyes once he felt pressure closing in around him; it wasn't overly prevalent but it happened enough that it should be a point of emphasis for this season. He's not overly quick-twitch, he's almost more of a sturdy build that is difficult to pull down but without the raw size of a Cam Newton or Ben Roethlisberger in the pocket. Strong athlete but not necessarily in short spaces to slide late and slip that first arriving rusher.