CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - So let me get this straight:
There’s actually an NFL team that has Justin Fields ranked as a fourth-round prospect?
Not fourth overall. Not fourth quarterback taken. Either of which are possibilities, by the way.
Anyway, while somebody was hopefully taking away that NFL executive’s key card today, Fields was busy doing something else: dazzling everyone at the Buckeyes’ Pro Day.
He ran a 4.43 40, but we knew he was fast. Equally as important were the lasers he was throwing. And his individual meetings with teams? That’s where he can show that the critics who question his progressions are off target themselves.
“There’s no issue because I know what I do on the field,” Fields said. “To be honest with you, we have some of the best receivers in the country, so if my first or second read is there, I’m not going to pass up that first or second read to get to three, four and fifth read to prove that I can read.”
There’s one other challenge for Fields, and he can’t control this one: the history of Buckeye quarterbacks who’ve flopped in the NFL.
Dwayne Haskins is just the latest. It seems ridiculous, and lazy, to just lump Fields in with the others.
“I don’t know those guys personally, I don’t know their work ethic, I don’t know what they were taught,” Fields said.
“In all honesty, I think I’m different than those guys. I know my work ethic is unmatched, and just my dedication and my passion for wanting to be great is just another level, so in terms of comparisons to past quarterbacks, I can’t control that, and if the only similarity that me and those guys have is that we wore the same uniform, if they (critics) want to say that, then that’s on them. I’m gonna focus on myself and continuing to get better in every aspect of the game.”