Former NFL QB gives Justin Fields vote of confidence entering NFL Draft
The conversation about Justin Fields’ status continues to be one of the primary talking points heading into the 2021 NFL Draft. Some analysts have him as the the No. 2 quarterback in the class, while others have him much lower.
Ex-NFL quarterback John Beck is one who believes Fields is still the second-best quarterback in the draft, behind Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence. Recently, NFL.com’s Tom Pelissero wrote that Beck — who has been working with Fields — still thinks pretty highly of the former Buckeye.
“Former NFL quarterback John Beck — who is working with Fields and several other QBs in this year’s draft — told me he’s not surprised scouts have questions off Fields’ tape, since Fields at times seems to opt for the harder throw or just start running around,” Pelissero wrote. “But that doesn’t take into account how Fields has been taught to read the play out, Beck said, pointing to a play from the Indiana game that he discussed with Fields, who looked for the deep shot and then scrambled rather than hitting the 5-yard under route. ‘It’s not him being inefficient — it’s him being coached to do that,’ Beck said. ‘He’s a smart kid. When I explain things, he gets it.’”
Fields was 20-2 as the starting quarterback at Ohio State, leading the Buckeyes to a pair of B1G titles and College Football Playoff appearances. His only losses came in the postseason.
The 2019 season was particularly impressive, accounting for 51 total touchdowns (41 passing) and totaling just 3 interceptions. He was a Heisman Trophy finalist after an impressive season.
Where will Fields fall in the draft? There are still varying opinions. We’ll find out in just over a month.