David Pollack expects Justin Fields to be a 'great NFL quarterback'
Count David Pollack as a believer in Justin Fields. The ESPN college football analyst believes great things are ahead for the former Ohio State quarterback in the NFL.
This week, Pollack joined ESPN’s Get Up to talk about Fields’ projection at the next level. There seems to be a division among analysts as to whether or not the former Buckeye starter is one of the top quarterback prospects in the NFL Draft or not.
Pollack says Fields will have a strong career at the next level, though he won’t be surprised if it takes a little bit of time.
“I think the strengths are undeniable and again, this is nitpick season and we’re going to find those things, but I think he’s going to be a great NFL quarterback,” Pollack said. “I do think it’ll take time. I think he’s a guy made up of stuff that will continue to grow, continue to improve and continue to get better. Remember, he pushed for the season and was a main spokesperson for the season.
“He’s an incredible leader. An incredible physical gifts. Those things he needs to work on? He needs to work on checking the football down and his ability to handle pressure.”
Fields is coming off a season in which he threw for 2,100 yards and 22 touchdowns while completing over 70% of his passes. He led Ohio State to a 7-1 season and an appearance in the national championship.
Still, there are critics that believe he holds onto the football too long and gets stuck on his first receiver.
In his career at Ohio State, Fields was 20-2 as a starter, won a pair of B1G titles and led the Buckeyes to back-to-back College Football Playoff appearances. While he may have struggled at times in the 2020 season, he still has the potential to be a great player at the next level.