2021 Devy Prospect Previews: QBs Trey Lance (No. Dakota St.) and Justin Fields (Ohio State)
Devy Disclaimer: I only take a quick look at some game tape and review background data on each prospect – it’s a very preliminary look that I could change my mind on with deeper study a year later when these prospects do hit the college all-star bowl games and work the NFL Combine and Pro Days. I don’t have all the data, today, that I need/want for a comprehensive scouting and I’m not taking anywhere near a full amount of time to tape preview -- I’m giving a knee jerk scouting reaction from a basic intro to the player. The good news is…I’m better at this (scouting) than anyone in the world, so my quick eye test is better than the echo chamber’s/football media’s studies – so, I’m your best hope for an initial preview…but don’t write any of this in stone…it’s early with limited data and a whole season of info/tape/data to come on these guys.
QB Justin Fields, Ohio State (JR)
2019: 3,273 yds passing, 41 TD/3 INT and 484 yds rushing, 10 rush TDs (14g)
Preview Grade = B
A very comfortable, mobile, well-schooled spread QB. Lacking as a pure passer but makes up for it in reading the spread route options quickly and making fast decisions…or scrambling to buy more time and/or will take off and run. He’s not a run-first guy, he’s a smart spread option passer with mobility to make up for his mediocre passing skills.
Reminds me of: Jalen Hurts-ish…a more willing, better spread option passer than Hurts but not the running weapon Hurts is. I like Hurts a touch better than Fields at this stage but we’ll see what 2020 season brings to Fields resume.
QB Trey Lance, No. Dakota St. (rSOPH)
2019: 2,786 yds passing, 28 TD/0 INT and 1,100 yds rushing, 14 rush TDs (16g)
Preview Grade = B
Highly mobile spread offense QB. A very strong arm. An overrated passer despite the eye popping 28 TD/0 INT redshirt freshman season. Mobile but not revolutionary mobile…more just willing to run than most QBs. Smart passer, but not accomplished (makes a lot of foolish throw risks), but a good enough passer for his style of play (and he is still young). He’s going to be coveted in the NFL if he has another strong season in FCS.
Reminds me of: Like a stronger armed Deshaun Watson without the experience on a bigger stage but could be as good potentially. We’ll see what year two brings.