NFL Network analyst compares Ohio State QB Justin Fields to Dak Prescott
The status of Justin Fields entering the 2021 NFL Draft has become a major topic of conversation. The former Buckeye is one of the more interesting prospects in this year’s class, considered between the second- and fourth-best quarterback available.
It all depends on the evaluator.
One analyst who is pretty high on Fields is Peter Schrager of NFL Network. The analyst pointed to the quarterback’s impressive record at Ohio State, his Heisman Trophy finalist season in 2019 and is natural talent.
Schrager also had a pretty strong comparison for Fields during NFL Network’s Good Morning Football on Tuesday.
“A 20-2 record at Ohio State, threw nearly 70 touchdown passes and had 19 rushing touchdowns in his college career,” Schrager said according to 247Sports. “He’s a Heisman finalist a couple of years ago, 41 touchdowns through the air and just three interceptions. So what’s the comparison for Fields? I know a lot of scouts love what he brings. I’m going to give one that I haven’t seen. I think he reminds me of Dak Prescott, same, similar thick kind of build, has a good arm. Great legs.
“He can run but he’s not one of these burners. He’s not a Lamar Jackson. He’s not a Deshaun Watson. He is a big body, 6-foot-4, 228 points. He is not one of these speedsters. He’s more like a Cam Newton, Dak Prescott that physically uses his legs to get to the next play.”
Fields had one of the best postseason performances in recent memory during Ohio State’s 49-28 victory over Clemson in the Sugar Bowl. Despite suffering an injury in the 1st half, Fields completed 22-of-28 passes for 385 yards and 6 touchdowns while rushing for an addition 42 yards to lead the Buckeyes to the national title game.
In his final year at Ohio State, Fields threw for 2,100 yards and 22 touchdowns while completing 70.2% of his passes. He also rushed for 383 yards and scored 5 more times on the ground.