Jaguars 2021 NFL Draft target: QB Justin Fields
The Jaguars could very well target quarterback Justin Fields in the 2021 NFL Draft.
The QB situation in Jacksonville is currently a mess and it’s expected that they take a quarterback with their first pick of the draft— which they hold the second overall pick in the draft as of now. Justin Fields is the consensus number two quarterback prospect in the 2021 NFL Draft and the Jaguars in a prime position to draft him.
Justin Fields was a five-star recruit coming out of high school and committed to playing football at the University of Georgia. He was forced to sit behind Jake Fromm and ultimately transferred to Ohio State, starting for the Buckeyes in 2019.
Fields finished third in Heisman voting in 2019 after throwing for 3,273 yards, 41 touchdowns, and three interceptions. He also rushed for 484 yards and 10 touchdowns.
This year has gone a bit differently. Not just for fields, but every player in college football with the COVID-19 pandemic. Players don’t get to play to a play a full season, and with that, teams will have difficulties accurately recruiting.
Through four games this year, Fields has thrown for 1,208 yards, 13 touchdowns, and three interceptions, and completed 79.6% of his passes. He also has 135 rushing yards and three touchdowns.
What we know about Justin Fields is that he’s a talented dual-threat quarterback with a good arm, good intangibles, and the ability to extend plays with his legs.
The few areas of concern with him are 1. the scheme he’s played in at Ohio State that allows his wide receivers to get open easily, giving him easy reads and not a lot of tight-window throws. The other concern is the jersey on his back. Now, you shouldn’t scout the jersey a player wears but sometimes it’s hard to ignore. Previous Ohio State quarterbacks who were drafted have been unsuccessful in their professional campaigns.
Fields is predicted by many to be the first Ohio State QB to have success in the NFL. Will he have that success with the Jaguars, is the question. If they end up drafting him, they have to be sure to build a solid team around him, especially a coaching staff who can help him blossom into a franchise quarterback.