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What Ohio State Coaches Are Reportedly Telling NFL Teams About Justin Fields

Justin Fields tries to shake a Northwestern defender in the Big Ten title game.

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - DECEMBER 19: Justin Fields #1 of the Ohio State Buckeyes runs the ball in the first quarter against the Northwestern Wildcats during the Big Ten Championship at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 19, 2020 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Ohio State QB Justin Fields is one of the top prospects in the 2021 NFL Draft, but he's hardly perfect. However, the Buckeyes are doing what they can to assuage the fears of some NFL teams about his weaknesses.

During a recent edition of the Move The Sticks podcast, NFL analyst Bucky Brooks said that "Ohio State people" are explaining to NFL teams why Fields has a penchant for holding onto the ball too long. He explained that the Buckeyes run an option-based offense with the wideouts running option routes.

"There have been some Ohio State people that have come back and said that their offense is more about option-based offense when it comes to wide receivers running option routes," Brooks said, via 247Sports. "And that is why he has been forced to hold onto it. I think that is worthy of investigation. But there is something about him holding onto the rock because you know, in the NFL, the ball has to come out fast. You have to get it out quick. You want to play with touch, timing and anticipation."

Justin Fields led Ohio State to a 7-1 record, Big Ten title, a Sugar Bowl win over Clemson and a national title game appearance as a junior in 2020. But the numbers he put up weren't quite as gaudy as 2019.

One of the biggest sticking points among fanbases is the three-interception performance he had against Indiana. Those three picks matched his entire interception output for 2019.

Even so, it was still somewhat surprising to see some draft analysts keep Fields out of the top-10. ESPN's Todd McShay did so earlier this month.

But McShay still conceded that Fields is likely to be a top-five pick. He has Fields going No. 4 overall to the Atlanta Falcons in his native Georgia.

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