Shortly after Fields’ throwing session wrapped up at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center on Tuesday, NFL draft analyst Matt Miller shared a text from a scout that summed up just how well Fields had performed:
Just had a scout text me from the Ohio State pro day.
That was the best QB workout Ive seen in a while@justnfields
— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) March 30, 2021
Fields was all smiles after he finished passing the ball on Tuesday, and he had reason to celebrate. In a lengthy throwing session in front of representatives from 31 NFL teams, the amount of inaccurate throws Fields made on Tuesday could be counted on one hand, while he demonstrated his ability to sling the ball all over the field from both inside and outside the pocket.
While just about all of his deep balls were on target, the one that really got everyone talking was a long bomb to C.J. Saunders on which he rolled just outside the left hash then launched the ball off his back foot 65 yards downfield to connect with his former Ohio State wide receiver.
Justin Fields showing off today @JustnFields | @OhioStateFB pic.twitter.com/kJeNM9Mglj
— NFL (@NFL) March 30, 2021
“As a former quarterback, I probably would have broken my hip trying to throw that one,” Ohio State coach Ryan Day said after the pro day. “It just goes to show you how accurate he is downfield. He’s the most accurate down-the-field passer I’ve seen.”
Although Fields was pleased with how he threw the ball, he said he was “kind of mad” about his 40-yard dash time, which officially clocked in at 4.45 seconds. Fields had proclaimed he would run in the 4.3s at pro day, so he didn’t quite live up to his own expectations.
Honors & Awards
2020: Preseason second-team All-American by the Associated Press
2019: Heisman Trophy finalist
Big Ten Graham-George Offensive Player of the Year and Griese-Brees Quarterback of the Year
Davey O’Brien Award finalist
First Team All-Big Ten (coaches and media)
Second team All-American by the Walter Camp Football Foundation, CBS Sports, Associated Press, American Football Coaches Association and Football Writers Association of America
Ohio State Overview
• Had one of the greatest statistical seasons in the history of Ohio State football as a first-year starter in 2019 when he completed 67.2 percent of his passes for 3,273 yards while accounting for 51 touchdowns (41 passing, 10 rushing)
• Became the first quarterback in Big Ten history with 40 passing TDs and 10 rushing TDs in the same season
• His 41-3 touchdown-to-interception ratio was the best in the country
• Had a passer efficiency rating of 181.43, which was third-best nationally
• Most Valuable Player of the Big Ten Championship Game after throwing for 299 yards and three touchdowns in a 34-21 come-from-behind victory over No. 8 Wisconsin
• One week prior, threw for 302 yards and four touchdowns in a 56-27 win at No. 10 Michigan
• Had several impressive national rankings: finished No. 3 in touchdown passes (41), total touchdowns (51) and passer efficiency (181.43) and No. 11 in completion percentage (.672)
• In six games against teams ranked in the final College Football Playoff poll, accounted for 17 touchdowns and averaged 280 yards per game of total offense
• Named a “champion” by the Ohio State coaching staff nine times and was the Offensive Player of the Game following wins over Florida Atlantic, Indiana, Northwestern and Rutgers
• Accounted for multiple touchdowns in 13 of Ohio State’s 14 games
• Became just the third Ohio State quarterback in the last 50 years – Rex Kern and Craig Krenzel are the others – to win each of his first 13 games as the Buckeyes’ starting QB
• Member of the 2020 Davey O’Brien Award Preseason Watch List
• Enrolled at Ohio State is January of 2019 after spending his freshmen season at the University of Georgia
At the University of Georgia and Harrison High School
• Played in 12 of 14 games as a true freshman for Georgia in 2018 and was named to the coaches freshman All-SEC Team
• Completed 27 of 39 passes for 328 yards and four TDs and also had four rushing touchdowns
• Was named the SEC freshman of the week on Nov. 19 after passing for 121 yards, rushing for 100 and accounting for three touchdowns in a 66-27 win over UMass
• A five-star prospect in the 2018 recruiting cycle by every major scouting service from Harrison High School under head coach Matt Dickmann
• Rated as the No. 2 overall player in the Class of 2018 and the nation’s top-ranked dual threat QB prospect
• Awarded MVP of the 2017 Elite 11 Quarterback Competition
• Totaled 4,187 passing yards, 41 passing touchdowns, 2,096 rushing yards and 28 rushing touchdowns in two years as a starter for Harrison.
• Awarded 2018 Mr. Georgia Football by the Touchdown Club of Atlanta
• Named the 2017 Class 6A offensive player of the year by the Atlanta-Journal Constitution and the Associated Press, in addition to being named first-team all-state by both publications
• Also played shortstop and second base for the Harrison varsity baseball team and was a highly-touted baseball prospect with MLB draft potential
Justin Skyler Fields (born March 5, 1999) is an American football quarterback who most recently played for the Ohio State Buckeyes. Fields started his college career in 2018 with Georgia before transferring to Ohio State in 2019. He won several Big Ten Conference awards at Ohio State and was a finalist for the Heisman Trophy as a sophomore in 2019.
Fields attended Harrison High School in Kennesaw, Georgia. In two years as the starting quarterback for Harrison, he totaled 4,187 passing yards, 41 passing touchdowns, 2,096 rushing yards and 28 rushing touchdowns. In the summer before his senior year in 2017, he attended the Elite 11 quarterback competition and was named MVP of the event. Late in his senior year, in a game that was nationally televised on ESPN, he suffered a broken finger that required season ending surgery. After his senior season, he was named Mr. Georgia Football by the Touchdown Club of Atlanta, as well as first-team all-state. In addition to football, Fields was also a standout baseball player for Harrison High.
Fields was rated as a five-star recruit and was the highest rated dual-threat quarterback in the class of 2018 by ESPN, Rivals.com, and 247Sports.com. ESPN listed him as the top recruit overall, while Rivals and 247Sports ranked him second behind fellow quarterback Trevor Lawrence.
In October 2017, Fields committed to the University of Georgia to play college football after withdrawing a previous commitment to Penn State. His senior year was documented in the Netflix series QB1: Beyond the Lights.
Fields entered the 2020 season as a leading candidate for the Heisman Trophy. The season was played amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, with the Big Ten Conference ultimately opting for a shortened conference-only schedule after initially canceling the season. Fields was vocal in his support of playing the season, and he started an online petition that gathered over 320,000 signatures in support of that goal.
Fields helped lead the Buckeyes to another undefeated regular season and Big Ten Championship with a 22–10 victory over Northwestern. Ohio State received another bid to the College Football Playoff, playing a rematch against Clemson. Ohio State was victorious in the rematch, 49–28, with Fields throwing 385 passing yards and six touchdowns in the game. Fields took a hard hit to the midsection in the game, and played through the injury in a performance that Sports Illustrated dubbed “legendary”. The Buckeyes advanced to the College Football Playoff National Championship, where they lost to Alabama, 52–24. Fields finished the shorted 2020 season with 2,100 passing yards, 22 passing touchdowns, six interceptions, and added 383 rushing yards and five rushing touchdowns on the ground. He repeated as the Big Ten’s Offensive Player of the Year and unanimous first-team all-conference. On January 18, 2021, Fields announced that he would be forgoing his final year of eligibility to enter the 2021 NFL Draft.