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Quarterback Justin Fields in Elite Company

No prospect in the NFL Draft has been scrutinized as heavily as Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields.

Some may think the doubters are legit, while others, like myself, think the negative ink he’s gotten recently is wishful thinking from teams hoping they can drive his stock down so THEY can draft him.

Since January we’ve said that he’s the player to take should the Atlanta Falcons remain at No. 4, and he’s available.

Taylor Biscotti for the NFL Network did some research that shows Fields in some elite company.

In the last 10 years, four FBS quarterbacks have thrown for 40 touchdowns and rushed for 10 touchdowns in a season, Justin Fields, Marcus Mariota, Patrick Mahomes and Kyler Murray.

Marcus Mariota – 2nd Overall Pick 2015
Patrick Mahomes – 10th Overall Pick 2017
Kyler Murray – 1st Overall Pick 2019
Justin Fields – ?? Overall Pick 2021

Should expect another dual threat standout in 2023?

Fields is ahead of all of those players as a prospect. He’s a more refined passer than Mariota and Mahomes, and he has a significant size advantage on Murray. Mahomes has proven to have been worthy of a No. 1 overall, but he’s developed his passing game a lot in his time in the NFL.

Justin Fields is an elite quarterback prospect. There has been a lot of noise about him falling. Chris Simms of NBC has him falling as far as 32 to Tampa Bay.

While I’m not going to say Simms is wrong, let’s say I disagree with the evaluation.

We’ll find out what NFL front offices think of Fields during the draft tomorrow night.

Until then, I say ignore the noise, trust your evaluation.

My evaluation is that Justin Fields is the No. 2 quarterback prospect in this draft behind Trevor Lawrence.

And he’s closer to Lawrence than he is No. 3 .

Scott Kennedy
Scott Kennedy is an Atlanta native and 20 year media veteran including time as Director of Scouting at Scout.com, Managing Editor at 247Sports, VP Content Operations at Sports Illustrated and more. Scott has appeared as a recruiting and NFL Draft analyst on dozens of media including ESPN, NFL Network, USA Today, NY Times, and more.