FOX analyst Joel Klatt dismisses criticism of Justin Fields' work ethic: 'Draft him!'
College football reporters and insiders are sticking with Justin Fields.
On Friday afternoon, FOX lead analyst Joel Klatt became the latest person in college football media to defend Fields from recent criticism.
Here’s what Klatt had to say in reference to Dan Orlovsky’s report about Fields’ work ethic.
“Gus, Jenny, and I called 10 [Ohio State] games over the past two seasons,” Klatt said. “I never once heard anyone mention [Fields] as a marginal worker. In fact, I heard the exact opposite. He fought to get on the field and he fought to stay on the field…DRAFT HIM!”
Gus, Jenny, and I called 10 @OhioStateFB games over the past two seasons…I never once heard anyone mention @justnfields as a marginal worker…In fact, I heard the exact opposite…He fought to get on the field and he fought to stay on the field…DRAFT HIM!
— Joel Klatt (@joelklatt) April 2, 2021
Klatt is referencing Fields’ extensive effort to ensure a college football season would be played despite the pandemic. Fields also pushed to get the Big Ten to reverse its decision about canceling the fall campaign.
Fields dropped out of the top 10 in Todd McShay’s most recent NFL mock draft. In addition to Trevor Lawrence in Zach Wilson, Fields is now expected to be picked after Mac Jones and possibly even North Dakota State’s Trey Lance.
The NFL draft is April 29-May 1.