Round 1 – Ohio State QB Justin Fields
With the No. 7 overall pick, the Washington Football Team trades up in the draft and selects their quarterback of the future, Justin Fields. Here are the trade terms for Washington, who had to move up to the seventh pick to acquire Fields.
Ohio State’s Justin Fields is one of the most talked-about prospects in recent memory. A two-year starter and transfer athlete from the University of Georgia, Fields has been on the NFL’s radar since his debut on the Netflix series “QB1”.
Fields’ traits and attributes on that show were on display, and as he grew into a young adult, Fields has only improved throughout every aspect of the position. He’s turned into one of the most accurate quarterbacks in all of college football, as last season, he threw for an adjusted completion percentage of 80.8 percent.
The accuracy throughout all three phases of the passing game was evident throughout last season. Fields boasts a big-time throw rate of just under eight percent while having a turnover-worthy play rate of just 2.8 percent.
In addition to his accuracy and willingness to take care of the football, Fields’ passer rating steadily improved when throwing the football down the field. From intermediate to deep, Fields had an average passer rating on throws that traveled further than 10 yards of 120.6.
He also wasn’t running the prototypical Ohio State offense that many draft experts turn to in order to criticize the junior. He attempted as many passes from 1-9 yards as he did from 10-20-plus yards. He ranked 112th overall in terms of screen yards while ranking 20th in terms of deep yards.
Fields isn’t your “prototypical” one-read, collegiate-only star that Ohio State has been known to produce. He’s one of the most dynamic quarterbacks in the class that can make plays inside and outside of the pocket. While he needs to work on identifying blitzes pre-snap, as well as making offensive line adjustments, his processing time and arm talent is undeniable.
In Washington, Fields would be an ideal fit in the Scott Turner offense, an offense that thrives in the intermediate passing game. In 2020, Fields had a passer rating of 124.0 from 10-19 yards, while throwing 10 touchdowns.
Fields’ mobility to make plays off of RPO’s, play-action as well as on quick speed-out throws, would pay dividends toward the fluidity of the Turner offense game in and game out. He’s more than capable as a thrower and an athlete to be a master of whatever Turner throws at him in the playbook.
Fields would be a fantastic fit in Washington, he’d be a guy you can sit behind Ryan Fitzpatrick for a season. He gives Washington a long-term solution for at least the next three seasons, while on his rookie deal Washington can build a strong unit around him to give him the best opportunity to succeed.