- Nov 2, 2011
Justin Fields is being underrated. The big scouting misses of the past few years were Lamar Jackson, Deshaun Watson, Pat Mahomes, Josh Allen and Justin Herbert. None of those guys were top 5 picks and they all shared a knock: decision-making. This is a repeat.
I'll bet on the talent. Fields is big, accurate, powerful, athletic and tough. All he's done is win and put up numbers. Has he had superior talent around him? Sure. So have the other four guys. People are sleeping on his pure physicality and passing ability.
With that said, this is a big-time QB class. I like all of these guys and they can all flourish in the right system. Four legit Top 5 talents and a first rounder in Mac. The situation is going to make a big difference in which of them rises to the top.
Agree on Fields but one thing I read today was that background checks are revealing he is not a QB nerd type. Nagy from the SB referred to the fact that Fields is known as a last guy in, first guy to leave kind of guy. That's a bit of a red flag, no? Otherwise, I love his potential. I think Shanahan can turn him into a great pro much in the way he did with RG3.
As for Lance, buyer beware with him. NO QB in modern history (that I know of) has succeeded in the pros after only one year starting in college AND leaving early. Look at all the NFL starters the past several years and you'll find that none of them fit this criteria. Look at the last QB to fit this criteria - Haskins.