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Justin Fields' 4.4-Second 40-Yard Dash Highlights Standout Pro Day Performance

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistMarch 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. Fields is foregoing his senior season to enter the NFL draft, in an announcement posted on social media, Monday, Jan. 18, 2021. Fields, expected to be a first-round draft choice, went 20-2 as a two-year starter for the Buckeyes. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)
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Amid the recent movement at the top of the 2021 NFL draft, Justin Fields had his first major moment in front of NFL scouts Tuesday during Ohio State's pro day. 

Among the notable NFL personnel in Columbus, Ohio, were New York Jets general manager Joe Douglas, assistant general manager Rex Hogan and offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur, per ESPN's Rich Cimini. They own the second overall pick in this year's draft. 

Peter Schrager of Fox Sports and NFL Network noted that Jets head coach Robert Saleh didn't make the trip because his wife is due to give birth at some point soon. 

Once he stepped onto the field, Fields lit up the stopwatches with a 40-yard dash that clocked in at 4.45 seconds. Here is a full list of his measurables, via NFL Network's Aditi Kinkhabwala:

Aditi Kinkhabwala @AKinkhabwala

With no combine, the scouts at these Pro Days will gather and call out numbers. Here’s what they’ve measured on Justin Fields at Ohio State: Height: 6’026 Weight: 227 Hand: 9 1/8 Arm: 32 4/8 Wingspan: 74 1/8 10: 1.59 / 1.57 20: 2.60 / 2.60 40: 4.45 We’re live on @nflnetwork!

NFL @NFL

Justin Fields. 4.43u SPEED. (via @movethesticks) @justnfields 📺: @OhioStateFB Pro Day on @nflnetwork https://t.co/Wu1B2XACNg

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Fields' 40 time became a major talking point from his workout:

Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter

Only 1st-Round QB to run a faster 40 time at the Combine since 2006 than Justin Fields’ unofficial 4.44 today was Robert Griffin III, who ran a 4.41 at the 2012 Combine. https://t.co/dDLMkPgtwA

Albert Breer @AlbertBreer

A second scout there had Ohio State QB Justin Fields at 4.43. That's BLAZING fast for a quarterback his size. https://t.co/WJbIomDdGd

Jamison Hensley @jamisonhensley

Lamar Jackson did not run at the Combine in 2018. After being drafted, Jackson said he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.34 seconds -- with turf toe. https://t.co/ZCnN2b0i31

PFF Draft @PFF_College

40-yard dash times: Justin Fields - 4.44 👀 Russell Wilson - 4.55 Cam Newton - 4.59 Jalen Hurts - 4.59 https://t.co/0qnz75tywF

Even though Fields has rare speed at the quarterback position, the main attraction for NFL teams is what he can do as a passer. The 22-year-old didn't disappoint:

FOX College Football @CFBONFOX

🎯 @justnfields is showing off the arm strength at his @OhioStateFB Pro Day https://t.co/VlzdCkAzVh

PFF Draft @PFF_College

JUSTIN FIELDS WALK-OFF ROCKET https://t.co/ZZ81lBsvxh

Crocky @eric_crocker

I’ll say one thing.. I thought Mac Jones threw well. Missed a bunch of deep shots early. Had to settle down and did. Threw a couple nice deep shots on the move. But going from him to Justin Fields.. this is different lol. Ball just jumps out of Fields hand different. Easy

Akash Anavarathan @akashanav

Justin Fields was the most accurate prospect to all levels of the field on tape and he’s absolutely slinging it. Decisions aren’t made off Pro Days, but this is on a wholly different level than Jones’ Pro Day.

Danny Kelly @DannyBKelly

i never really could pinpoint exactly what it means when you hear someone say "the ball explodes out of his hand" but i think it's what happens when justin fields throws

Tom Fornelli @TomFornelli

I will die on the hill that Justin Fields is closer to Trevor Lawrence than any other QB in this class is to Justin Fields. https://t.co/i9gfdIgkkS

Matt Miller @nfldraftscout

Just had a scout text me from the Ohio State pro day. “That was the best QB workout I’ve seen in a while” @justnfields

Tom Fornelli and Jonathan Jones of CBS Sports praised Fields' performance as well as wonder why there appear to be so many questions about him leading up to the draft:

Tom Fornelli @TomFornelli

I will die on the hill that Justin Fields is closer to Trevor Lawrence than any other QB in this class is to Justin Fields. https://t.co/i9gfdIgkkS

Fields did have a midseason lull last year with 613 passing yards, four touchdowns and five interceptions in three games against Indiana, Michigan State and Northwestern. He rebounded in the Sugar Bowl with 385 yards and six touchdowns in a 49-28 win over Clemson. 

Head coach Ryan Day told reporters after the Buckeyes' 52-24 loss to Alabama in the College Football Playoff Championship Game that Fields wasn't 100 percent due to a hip injury he suffered against Clemson. 

With four weeks remaining until the NFL draft, the consensus seems to be that things will start to get interesting when the San Francisco 49ers go on the clock at No. 3 overall. 

At this point, it would be a surprise if the Jacksonville Jaguars don't take Trevor Lawrence and the Jets don't end up with Zach Wilson. 

The 49ers traded up with the Miami Dolphins with the intention of taking a quarterback. Fields, Mac Jones and Trey Lance seem to be the most likely candidates for them. 

There's still plenty of time for teams evaluating this class to decide, but Fields' performance on Tuesday would seem to solidify his status as a potential top-five pick. 

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