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Justin Fields NFL Draft 2021: Scouting Report for Chicago Bears QB

BR NFL Scouting DepartmentContributor IApril 30, 2021

FILE - In this Friday, Jan. 1, 2021, file photo, Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields passes against Clemson during the second half of the Sugar Bowl NCAA college football game in New Orleans. Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields was among 98 juniors granted eligibility by the NFL into the draft, while national championship-winning QBs Mac Jones from Alabama and Trevor Lawrence from Clemson were among another 30 players eligible after completing their degrees and deciding not to play more in college.  (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)
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HEIGHT:
 6'2 ¾"

WEIGHT: 227


POSITIVES

— Good height and size; well-built on the lower half.

— Consistent and repeatable throwing motion and mechanics. Able to get all kinds of throws off even in a crowded pocket and is able to maintain accuracy when changing arm slots.

— Good arm strength. Able to put zip on throws at the first and second levels, and every throw is available to him. Throws a nice deep ball with consistent, catchable placement.

— Accurate at all three levels. Does a nice job of leading receivers on moving routes and aiming throws to save them hits. Will even do things like putting throws on smoke routes to the receiver's upfield shoulder, allowing him to more easily generate yards after the catch.

— Will display nice touch on throws. Doesn't try to jam in short throws. Shows an awareness of changing ball speeds and angles. Throws an overall catchable ball at all three levels.

— Tough in the pocket and as a runner. Is willing to hang in to make throws (mostly because he had to given the offense he played in).

— Good athlete and smooth runner. Able to run every type of QB run scheme because of his ability and run strength. Able to throw accurately and stay balanced when throwing on the move, either on sprint-outs, bootlegs or when adlibbing a play.

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— Shows a good understanding of concepts and what is being asked. Will not "wish" throws open and will find checkdowns on play-action concepts.

       

NEGATIVES

— Not asked to make a lot of true progressions. Offense utilized a lot of wide receiver read routes that forced Fields to hold on to the ball and hitch while the wideout made a decision, so timing will be something he will have to keep improving upon in the NFL.

— Over-exaggerates on his pump fakes. 

— Can drift in the pocket while he's waiting for routes to develop and create his own pressure.

— Can be late on deep balls and leave them hanging a bit long.

2020 STATISTICS

8 G, 158-of-225 (70.2%), 2,100 YDS, 9.3 Y/A, 22 TD, 6 INT, 175.6 RAT

81 ATT, 383 YDS, 5 TD

NOTES

— Transferred from Georgia after freshman season.

— 2020 First-Team All-Big Ten

— 2020 Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year

— 2020 Big Ten QB of the Year

— 2019 Second-Team All-American

— 2019 First-Team All-Big Ten

— 2019 Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year

      

OVERALL: 

Justin Fields is a dynamic quarterback prospect who would be in consideration for the No. 1 pick in any other draft class. He displays excellent accuracy and good throw power at all three levels. Fields is able to change arm slots and throw off-platform while maintaining accuracy. He is tough in the pocket and constantly keeps his eyes downfield while also using his athleticism to make rushers miss in the pocket and generate yards with his legs. 

All QB run-game concepts are available with him, and he has the ability to extend passing plays when the play breaks down. He has a tendency to hang on to some of his reads, but that is also because of some of the concepts being called, and he will have to keep improving upon his mental clock to save himself from hits in the NFL. 

   

GRADE: 9.3/10 (Potential All-Pro, Top-5 Pick) 

OVERALL RANK3/300

POSITION RANKQB2

PRO COMPARISON: Dak Prescott

    

Written by B/R NFL Scout Nate Tice