There’s been a lot of chatter about Ohio State QB Justin Fields and his apparent slide in the 2021 NFL Draft, which all seems silly if we’re being honest. Fields is one of the premier prospects in this year’s draft class and while BYU’s Zach Wilson appears to have locked up the second overall pick to the New York Jets, Fields is absolutely in play for the San Francisco 49ers at No. 3.
He helped his cause at Ohio State’s pro day Tuesday when he ran the fastest 40-yard dash time by a quarterback — 4.44 — since Robert Griffin III in 2012.
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
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 30, 2021
Fields checked-in at 6-3, 227 pounds.
Fields was never in contention to be the first overall pick in the 2021 draft, as that distinction has belonged to Trevor Lawrence since the day he stepped on campus at Clemson. But the fact that he is somehow sliding as far as potentially outside the top 10 is just ludicrous.
Over the last two seasons at Ohio State, Fields completed 69.2% of his passes for 5,373 yards, 63 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He’s done damage as a runner too, with 15 scores on the ground.
Fields is the best dual-threat quarterback in this year’s draft. It’s a skill set that has become something of a prerequisite for success in the league these days, which makes the criticism of him even more confusing.
Hopefully, Fields’ pro day will put to rest any suggestion that he’s going to fall out of the first five picks.