Ohio State Buckeyes star quarterback Justin Fields is one of the top quarterbacks available in the 2021 NFL Draft.
His exact ranking fluctuates depending on which rankings you peek at, but there is a consensus that his name will be called in the first round this spring.
But how will Fields stack up to the competition in the NFL?
According to Peter Schrager of the NFL Network, Fields is comparable to Dak Prescott due to similarities in their build and playing style.
“A 20-2 record at Ohio State, threw nearly 70 touchdown passes and had 19 rushing touchdowns in his college career,” Schrager said on Good Morning Football, via 247 Sports. “He’s a Heisman finalist a couple of years ago, 41 touchdowns through the air and just three interceptions. So what’s the comparison for Fields? I know a lot of scouts love what he brings. I’m going to give one that I haven’t seen. I think he reminds me of Dak Prescott, same, similar thick kind of build, has a good arm. Great legs.
“He can run but he’s not one of these burners. He’s not a Lamar Jackson. He’s not a Deshaun Watson. He is a big body, 6-foot-4, 228 points. He is not one of these speedsters. He’s more like a Cam Newton, Dak Prescott that physically uses his legs to get to the next play.”
Last season, Fields threw for 2,100 yards, 22 touchdowns, and 6 interceptions while adding 383 yards and 5 touchdowns on the ground while helping to lead the Buckeyes to the College Football Playoff National Championship against Alabama. Of course, it was a shortened season due to the coronavirus pandemic.
In his last full season in 2019, Fields threw for 3,273 yards, 41 touchdowns, and just three interceptions with another 10 scores on his feet.
If Fields can put everything together at the next level, he will be a great value in Round 1 — especially as he slides behind BYU’s Zach Wilson on a number of draft boards.
The 2021 NFL Draft will kick off on Thursday, April 29 and run through Saturday, May 1.