My Scouting Report for Justin Fields

Justin Fields

Team : Ohio St. Buckeyes (FB) | Sports : Football | Position : QB | Status : Active | Location :United States

Player Scouting Report

Players Scouting Reviewer : TFriedlaender . Position :Quarterback [QB]

Arm Strength/Power
Has the ability to put the ball anywhere on the field. Can throw from all arm angles. The ball shoots out of his hand quickly and with a lot of force.
Short Accuracy (1-10 yds)
He is accurate when he is in rhythm and his receivers are open. Has a some difficulty fitting the ball in tight spots. He is better at throwing to the sideline than he is at throwing over the middle.
Imtermediate Accuracy (10-20 yds)
Again he is good when he gets in a rhythm and his receivers are open. But he has difficulty throwing his receivers open when there is tight coverage on them, and that causes some mistakes because he should be able to make those throws with his arm strength.
Long Accuracy (20+ yds)
When his receiver is open he has incredible accuracy almost never misses. Does a good job letting his receiver make a play on a ball in 1 v 1 coverage, throws a really good high jump ball to the sidelines where only his receivers can catch it.
Pocket Presence
He is so strong in the pocket has the ability to shed tacklers and extend plays. He also is really good at staying in the pocket and delivering a throw. I would like to see him step up in the pocket and look to throw, he sometimes settles by running rather than pushing the ball down the field.
He is big guy at 6'3 223 lbs so he sheds off weak tacklers well. Incredibly smooth athlete with a good running vision, definitely could run read options at the NFL level.
He goes through his route progressions well, doesn't always hit his first read. He seems to have some trouble reading defenses and when the opposing team blitzes a lot he tends to stare down his receivers.
His feet are always in the right place, very rarely throws with his feet not set.
Started every game last season with out an injury.
Game Management
Didn't have many close games this year, except Clemson. In the final drive they had the opportunity to win the game on a TD, Justin did a good job leading them down to the opposing 30. Threw a pick on 2nd down to lose the game.
He is exceptional at spotting an open receiver and hitting him on time. But when no receiver is clearly open he will occasionally force it. Also when a team blitzes him heavy they can confuse him and force him into poor decisions.
He is the ideal size at 6'3 223 lbs.
He has the ability to run the ball on designed runs, he broke a few long runs this year.
Play-Making Ability
He has the ability to create plays with his legs by running or extending the play to pass. Throws a really great deep ball. The only thing is that if his receivers aren't open with some separation he has a hard time throwing them open.
Started one year so far, made it to the College Football Playoffs. Threw for over 3,000 yards with 67% completion rate and 41 TDs, rushed for 10 more TDs.
Threw for a TD in every game of last season.
Justin has all the tools to be a successful NFL QB. At 6'3 223 lbs he is prototypical size with the prototypical arm. He has a huge arm with quick release and the ability to throw accurately from any arm angle. His big arm with the ability to throw deep down the field with accuracy is the most exciting part of his game, he rarely misses an open receiver down the field. He also is a phenomenal athlete for the position with the ability to run the ball on read options and run pass option plays.
The biggest weakness in Justin's game is his ability to read the defense. When he played Clemson in the playoffs, Clemson was able to confuse Justin with the blitzes they were showing and that led to him either getting sacked or he would stare down his target receiver. If he were better at reading defenses he could go through his progressions faster and get rid of the ball quickly to slow down the blitz. Also I noticed that most of his completions are to wide open targets and that he struggles fitting the ball in tight windows. This is not that bad when he is at Ohio State where he has superior talent but will matter for whoever drafts him because he hasn't shown the ability throw his receivers open.
Overall Analysis
Justin has all the tools physically to be a great QB at the next level. My concern is how quickly he can learn a professional offense and how to read professional defenses, because he struggles with that against the top competition in college. I also don't really like the fact that he has a hard time fitting the ball in tight windows because almost all windows are tight in the NFL. If Justin improves on all the mental aspects of the game he can be a Pro Bowl caliber QB, but I feel like he is way more of a raw prospect than you really want in a top 10 QB draft pick.
Compares to
Ben Roethlisberger, Cam Newton
Untapped potential
peak potential
post peak