Report: At least one NFL team has Justin Fields listed as a Round 4 pick in the draft
Criticism of Justin Fields is starting to get a little out of hand.
Since the 2020 college football season ended, analysts have been debating where the former Ohio State quarterback would fall in the NFL Draft. Some consider him a Top 5 pick, while others think he might slip outside the Top 10. A few weeks ago, a lot of people believed that listing Fields outside the first few selections was silly.
According to NFL.com analyst Gil Brandt, though, some franchises really have no interest in the former Buckeyes gunslinger. Brandt reported that at least one organization has Fields listed as a Round 4 pick.
“Justin Fields is all over the place in terms of where teams have placed him on their boards,” Brandt wrote on Twitter. “Highest I’ve heard is Top 5, lowest: Round 4. My guess is 49ers aren’t moving up for him, but instead Trey Lance.”
Justin Fields is all over the place in terms of where teams have placed him on their boards. Highest I've heard is top 5, lowest: Round 4. My guess is 49ers aren't moving up for him, but instead Trey Lance.
— Gil Brandt (@Gil_Brandt) March 26, 2021
Maybe that organization didn’t watch Fields play the last two years.
Fields was 20-2 as the starter at Ohio State, leading the Buckeyes to a pair of B1G titles and back-to-back appearances in the College Football Playoff. His only losses came in the postseason.
At Ohio State, Fields threw for 5,373 yards with 63 touchdowns with just 9 interceptions while completing over 68% of his passes. He also rushed for 867 yards and 15 additional scores.
Before the start of the season, Fields was regarded as one of the top two passers in the draft class, along with Trevor Lawrence. Inconsistent performances against Indiana and Northwestern resulted in his stock dropping significantly in the eyes of some franchises.
Apparently those teams didn’t watch the other 20 games he played.