Justin Fields is probably going the second-selected participant within the NFL draft, with the Ohio State quarterback nearly actually making a top-five choose in April. His studying curve, nevertheless, is one thing that former NFL head coach June Jones says is a pre-draft caveat.
Jones has questions on Fields, warning that there will probably be greater than only a studying curve forward for a participant who has had the professional Heisman buzz halfway by the season. Final season, his second as a starter at Ohio State, Fields threw for two,000 yards with 22 touchdowns and 6 interceptions.
Jones known as Fields “a particular athlete certainly” who “has confirmed at a excessive stage that he can win.” However the offense and the Ohio state system, Jones says, could not translate to the NFL.
“What scares me is that the system he got here from isn’t what he will do as soon as he is within the NFL,” Jones instructed SportsIllustrated.com. “It is a racing system and never a go system. City Myer preferred and satisfied the [Washington Football Team] that Dwayne Haskins was the very best he is had … they usually took him to the primary spherical … however [their] is nothing like what Haskins did to the state of Ohio. So far as Haskins goes, it additionally worries me that City hasn’t tried to recruit him as a free agent now that he is the pinnacle coach of the Jags.
Ohio State completed the yr 7-1 and superior to the school soccer playoff championship. They misplaced in that recreation 55-24 to No. 1 Alabama. Fields completed 17 of 33 for 194 yards and a landing in loss.
There was hypothesis, albeit loosely and unfounded, that Fields could possibly be on the road at No.1 general. Most of that attain stems from the truth that the Jacksonville Jaguars, sitting atop the draft, employed former Ohio State head coach City Meyer as their head coach.
Presently, Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence is predicted to be the No. 1 general choose regardless of shedding to Ohio State within the faculty soccer playoff semifinals.
Meyer educated the aforementioned Haskins within the state of Ohio. Final yr’s prime general choose Joe Burrow, who gained the Heisman and Maxwell award because the nation’s finest participant, transferred from Ohio state to LSU whereas sitting behind Haskins on Buckeyes’ depth chart.
Haskins was lower by Washington final month, a transfer that got here weeks earlier than ending his second season within the NFL.
“The truth that City selected Haskins over Joe Burrow is one other situation for me … is Justin a product of the system?” Similar to Haskins? Jones mentioned. “I hate to say that Dwayne and Justin look alike, however that they’re from the state of Ohio – each sadly for the NFL, these are tasks that aren’t secure.”
Final yr Jones coached within the XFL as head coach and within the Spring League as offensive coordinator. A former head coach of the Atlanta Falcons and San Diego Chargers (interim), he additionally frolicked in faculty because the Hawaii and SMU head coach.