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  • We have to wonder about Justin Fields now.

  • Let's be clear.

  • He was not 100% last night.

  • That hit from scale ski in the college football playoff that got him ejected for targeting on Justin Fields.

  • We all understand that Justin Fields was not 100%.

  • We all understand that.

  • We saw a stud last year that what did he do the previous year for 41 touchdowns?

  • I think it was 41 touchdowns, just three interceptions.

  • We get all of that and he played in 14 games this year, obviously with things up in the air because of covert and what have you, uh, you know, only played eight games, had 21 22 touchdowns, six interceptions.

  • Game against Indiana.

  • He wasn't that impressive game against Northwestern.

  • He wasn't deemed that impressive.

  • You have critics looking at him right now.

  • Questioning to some degree is accuracy again.

  • I haven't seen much of Justin Fields.

  • I know that he's a stud athlete.

  • I know that he could move to change.

  • I know that he could make things happen at one point in time.

  • I remember being on this show and asking those college football aficionados How close is it between him and Trevor Lawrence?

  • And religiously, They all said it wasn't even close.

  • Trevor Lawrence is on another level compared to this guy, even though he clearly outplayed Trevor Lawrence in that college football playoff matchup against Clemson.

  • Ultimately, what it comes down to is this.

  • On the NFL level, we're looking at the Lamar Jackson's of the world and stuff like that.

  • You gotta ask yourself a question if you're kind of suspect throwing the football, but you're an electrifying athlete with electrifying wheels, that would be one thing I haven't seen the second coming of Lamar Jackson.

  • I haven't seen anybody at the quarterback position that could run the football the way that brother could run the football.

  • Even though you got cats that can move, they've got some wheels on that.

  • Now we got to get to the throwing.

  • And how good is it gonna be?

  • How tall are you?

  • Can you see over opposing, uh, defensive lineman coming your way with offensive linemen and a tall blocking for you and stuff that vision, that kind of stuff comes into play.

  • I just think right now when we're looking at Justin Fields if you You know how, Max.

  • You know how Mel Kiper and Todd McShay and others as thorough as they are, you could pick apart of Game two games, three games and say, Hey, we saw this, and that's a red flag for us.

  • It remains to be seen What, what?

  • What is out on Justin Fields right now?

  • But I think the fact that it's a question mark, we can't definitively say after last night, Max, that you're gonna look at Justin Fields and automatically say he will be the second quarterback taking in this upcoming NFL draft.

  • We can't do it.

  • And that's where it is right now with everyone has a very short memory.

  • Justin Fields.

  • That should be the second quarterback taken.

  • By the way, where is his draft stock right now?

  • I mean, there was a point earlier in the season.

  • Stephen A.

  • You alluded to it where it was like, Are we sure Trevor Lawrence is better than Justin Fields?

  • He's had a few uneven performances.

  • Justin Fields.

  • He hasn't been perfect, but the fact is, what a short memory.

  • You know why cleansing wasn't playing yesterday?

  • No, I cleansing one playing because Justin Fields threw six touchdown passes against them.

  • You know, we're 400 total yards.

  • He had again a game that he had to be at his best.

  • He was.

  • He played the best game of his career.

  • Now you mean to tell me because you can't beat Alabama, which who some people are saying today and they may be right.

  • This version of the Alabama team may be the greatest college football team ever.

  • And because you didn't win that game all of a sudden like you may not be the second quarterback ticket.

  • Let's look at what Justin Fields.

  • What is he?

  • Does he have size check Kent?

  • Does he have an armed check and make all the throws?

  • He has a strong arm.

  • Is the accurate?

  • Yes, he's a very accurate passer, actually.

  • With excellent touch.

  • He has arm talent.

  • Can he move?

  • Is he mobile?

  • Check?

  • He can run.

  • What doesn't Justin Fields do?

  • No quarterback is perfect at this stage.

  • People complain, and I understand why about like the internal clock in terms of how to deal with the blitz and all that stuff?

  • Well, that's a lot of young quarterbacks, and even we talk about that even older quarterbacks.

  • I understand because Brady is not mobile, but it's like in boxing.

  • Stephen A.

  • When I got when they say go to the body, this guy doesn't like it in the body.

  • No one likes it in the body.

  • Of course, pressure on the quarterback is tough for any quarterback, particularly young ones.

  • I'm not claiming Justin Fields is perfect, and by the way against Clemson and that came into this game, you have the hip pointer problem, the dudes in a lot of pain.

  • He threw those six touchdowns and produced over 400 yards of offense in a rout against one of the major powers of college football to get to the championship game.

  • He did that hurt, and he continued to play hurt in this game and made no excuses to me.

  • Stephen A.

  • It is very clear.

  • I get why Trevor Lawrence goes first to me.

  • Justin Field should be the next guy off the board.

  • Over the last three years and his three years at Ohio State, he's completed.

  • I'm sorry.

  • His first year Georgia years ago, he completed 69% of his passes last year, completed 67% this year is that 70% of his passes.

  • I get what you're saying, Max.

  • I don't necessarily disagree.

  • I'm just talking about folks who cover college football who watch it far more extensively than meal.

  • And look at the three interceptions he threw against Indiana.

  • The two interceptions he threw against Northwestern and passed for over like 114 yards.

  • And that's it.

  • They're going to use that because they say you have a short sample size, you know it.

  • This is what counts.

  • This is what you're measured by.

  • And here's how you perform.

  • So they're going to look at those things.

  • It's not to say that he's not a squeezy scrub or that he's not even a first round pick.

  • What we're saying is, is that when you look at Justin Fields, do you?

  • We went from comparing him to Trevor Lawrence and saying, Are we sure Trevor Lawrence is number one just for a brief second before everybody said, Hell, yes, he is.

  • But we asked that question about him compared to Trevor Lawrence to him, not even being in the conversation toe.

  • All of a sudden, the Zach Wilson's and the Mac Jones elevating their stop.

  • So much so that he went from a surefire number two to now being projected as the number three quarterback taken.

  • Those kind of things can't be ignored.

  • Somebody's holding something against him.

  • It might not be Max.

  • It might not be Stephen A.

  • But somebody is holding something against Justin Fields because his stock has not elevated.

  • It's dissipated, albeit small degree in some people's eyes, it's still going in the wrong direction.

  • We can't ignore that with an NFL draft coming up, Max, we just can't.

  • Yeah, well, he has had some uneven performances.

  • That is true.

  • And there are some kind of, like, you know, pocket awareness issues that some people like.

  • He's not perfect.

  • No one's perfect.

  • I get it.

  • Like Trevor Lawrence checks the most boxes, comes the closest to it.

  • He's going first.

  • A guy like Andrew Luck was like that coming out of the draft, but it's not like luck was the greatest quarterback since that draft.

  • He was very good.

  • There have been others who've been better and I would just say about Justin Fields that a lot of this stuff, like take a guy like to Shawn Watson right.

  • There were legitimate concerns by some out of college football, even an evaluator saying, Oh, about what?

  • About the intermediate passing game and this and that.

  • But most people who watch the Shawn Watson were like, Come on, come on, this guy looks pretty good and that's what I'm saying about Justin Field.

  • Stephen A.

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We have to wonder about Justin Fields now.

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'What doesn't Justin Fields do?!' - Max Kellerman elevates the QB's NFL draft stock | First Take

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    林宜悉 posted on 2021/01/12
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