Detroit Lions Draft Prospect: Quarterback Justin Fields

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Final Thoughts

When I started this journey on Fields more than a week ago, I wasn’t sold on him being successful upon entering the NFL. However, after seeing his growth and progression over two seasons on the field, I feel like his potential to win and stick around for many years is much better.

The accuracy and arm strength improved drastically since the beginning of the 2019 season. So did his confidence. He still has work to do with consistency and ball placement, but again, that will come with more time.

In terms of his fit with the Detroit Lions, I think it would be perfect for his development. In my opinion, he needs to go somewhere that he won’t be expected to be the “savior” of the organization.

He needs a year or so to play behind someone with experience.

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Fields completed 424 of 626 pass attempts in his college career, throwing for 5,711-yards and 67 touchdowns. During that three-year span, he threw just nine interceptions. He also totaled 19 rushing scores and averaged 46.7-yards per game rushing. If you add his 1,924-rushing yards onto his passing, he accounts for 7,205 total-yards and 86 total touchdowns.

Over his two seasons at Ohio State, his completion percentage improved by three percent, and the number of sacks he took dropped by 10.

According to PFF analysis, his QBR while under pressure was a solid 95.8. The only ones better were Lawrence at 97.8 and Lance at 96.2.

Fields has great attributes to build around and has shown he can learn and evolve from those around him. With guys like Goff, Anthony Lynn at offensive coordinator, and Mark Brunell as the new quarterbacks’ coach, the sky seems to be the limit for him in Detroit.

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