ESPN’s Todd McShay has Justin Fields plunging in his most current 2021 NFL mock draft.
When believed to be the foolproof No. 2 total choice, ESPN’s Todd McShay has previous Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields nosediving right to No. 11 to the New England Patriots in a profession with the New York City Giants in his most current mock draft.
When inquired about why he has Fields dropping right out of the leading 10, he described on ESPN Thursday early morning.
“This is not about where I rank the quarterbacks or any of these players, it’s about what I’m hearing when I talk to NFL teams,” statedMcShay “And I struggled. Let’s go back to pick No. 3. Pick No. 3 and pick No. 4 were the two most difficult picks of these two rounds that I had to do. And at three, I initially thought it was going to be (former North Dakota State quarterback) Trey Lance — that was my initial reaction when San Francisco moved up to go get that pick.”
“But, ultimately, I’ve heard so many things from different people in the league about (former Alabama quarterback) Mac Jones being the perfect fit for (San Francisco 49ers head coach) Kyle Shanahan that that might be the pick. So I went with Mac Jones there, even though I rank Mac Jones as the fifth-best quarterback in this class — behind Trey Lance and behind Justin Fields.
It’s not that Fields’ talent level is dropping off, it’s more a case of the 49ers seemingly enamored with Jones, an inferior prospect in McShay’s eyes. However, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t knocks with Fields that teams are studying, albeit McShary still thinks Fields is the most physically gifted quarterback, even ahead of Trevor Lawrence, in the class.
“It’s not about Fields falling or anything about his skill set. He is probably the most physically gifted quarterback in this class. The only issue when I talk to teams is that he had over 200 passes last year, 200 plus were off his first read and only seven were him sitting in the pocket going from progression one to progression two.”
“So that’s kind of an issue and they also think and I see the same thing on tape, is that he loves to see his receiver come open and he doesn’t anticipate enough throws. So that’s where he needs to improve.”
Justin Fields can go from the 2nd quarterback required to the 5th chosen
While McShay’s review of Fields being mostly a first-read quarterback can be a concern, that ought to not enable him to drop any kind of better than the Denver Broncos choosing at No. 9. Though the New York City Jets are apparently obsessed with BYU quarterback Zach Wilson, it seems like Fields’ wheelhouse is to go someplace in between No. 3 as well as No. 9. Nevertheless, his draft supply is plunging.
It’s not simply McShay’s objection that is the problem. Various other experts have actually recommended a job ethic problem, along with not betting excellent professional athletes in the Huge 10 at Ohio State. Versus both finest Huge 10 groups he dealt with in 2015, Indiana as well as Northwestern, Fields did not look like a particular top-two choice. Yet with that said in mind, it is beside difficult to see 10 NFL groups hand down him this springtime.
Also if the San Francisco 49ers are high up on Mac Jones out of Alabama, Fields would certainly be an optimal fit in Kyle Shanahan’s system. Though Matt Ryan can still play, perhaps Fields mosts likely to his home town Atlanta Falcons at No. 4? When it comes to various other top-10 touchdown places, look no more than the Detroit Lions at No. 7, the Carolina Panthers at No. 8 as well as the Broncos at No. 9. Just how does he surpass Denver?
Fields’ draft supply might be plunging, however that ought to not knock him out of the leading 10 totally.
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