Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Justin Fields is going to face plenty of scrutiny and big expectations in 2020. A heavy Heisman favorite, along with Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence, he is one of the most high-profile players in the nation.
Ahead of the coming season, Fields is drawing comparisons to one of the NFL’s top young passers.
NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah compares Justin Fields to Dak Prescott
Writing for NFL.com, former scout Daniel Jeremiah shared that Fields reminds him of Dallas Cowboys star Dak Prescott.
“Both play the position with a physicality and toughness that I admire,” Jeremiah wrote. “Dak was similarly effective in the QB run game, and they both possess the playmaking skills to bail out a bad play call. Dak made tremendous strides as a passer during his final season in college, and I expect to see similar improvement from Fields in 2020.”
When Prescott came out of Mississippi State, he was unheralded. Ultimately he was a fourth-round selection but his career trajectory has obviously taken off in a big way. Now, Prescott is on his way toward a potentially record-breaking contract with the Cowboys.
So, it’s a pretty heady comparison.
Justin Fields had a huge 2019 season but could have better stats in 2020
Last season, his first as the starting quarterback for the Buckeyes, Fields was phenomenal. A transfer from Georgia, he stepped right into the starting lineup and instantly became one of the most potent quarterbacks in college football.
During the 2019 season, Fields’ stats were incredible. He threw for 3,273 yards with a stunning 41 touchdowns and just three interceptions. Fields added another 484 yards and 10 scores on the ground.
Though the Buckeyes did lose plenty of talent in the draft this past spring, Fields could have an even bigger impact in 2020. He will be in his second season playing for Ryan Day. Also, with J.K. Dobbins moving onto the NFL and no clear successor in place, the passing game could be thrust even more into the forefront.
Justin Fields could go very early in the 2021 NFL Draft
Assuming Fields continues to ascend as a quarterback in Day’s system this season, he’ll be highly sought-after in the draft. Oddsmakers favor Trevor Lawrence to be the first-overall pick, but it would not be surprising in the least if Fields joined him as a top-three pick.
The sky is the limit for this young man as a quarterback.