Kirk Herbstreit discusses draft stock of Ohio State QB Justin Fields following memorable Sugar Bowl performance
With his performance last week against Clemson, Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields backed up the talk about him being a high draft pick in April’s NFL Draft. At least that’s the line of thinking from ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit when it comes to Fields and his draft stock.
A former Ohio State quarterback, Herbstreit called Fields “special” on Sunday morning during an appearance on ESPN. In the semifinal of the College Football Playoff against Clemson, Fields had a 78.6 completion percentage for 385 yards with six touchdowns and an interception.
“I think if you look at the way the game is trending — you guys talked about it every week — his skillset fits in the NFL. The one question, I think, people in the NFL will want to see him progress — which most college quarterbacks, it’s an area they’ve got to get better — is not locking in on primary (targets) with an inability to work through progressions. He’s got to continue to grow there,” Herbstreit said on Sunday according to 247Sports.
“But if you go by the Clemson game and what he showed, I think he really took it as a personal, 1-on-1 challenge — his chance to show everybody that he can play against Trevor Lawrence — and he had his best game of his career. So it’s an area that he’s really worked hard to improve. But you cannot argue at 6-3, 225 the athletic ability to create when things are off schedule. I think he’ll be a great pro. I think it’s just a matter of him finding the (right fit) or the system picking his skillset to fit into what they’d like to do.”
On the year, the junior quarterback has 1,906 passing yards with 21 touchdowns and six interceptions.
There had been plenty of buzz – after a strong start to the season – that Fields was the conventional second pick in the NFL Draft after Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence. But a recent mock draft by ESPN’s Todd McShay had Fields falling to the middle of the first round and being selected by the New England Patriots.