Justin Fields entered the 2020 season as the no-brainer second-best quarterback prospect behind Trevor Lawrence after he led Ohio State to the national championship game.
However, weeks leading to the NFL Draft saw his stock slide down behind the likes of Zach Wilson, while Mac Jones and Trey Lance have picked up steam as potentially being drafted over him.
On “The Pat McAfee Show,” ESPN analyst Dan Orlovsky shared information he had gathered from NFL sources as to why this may be happening.
“One, I have heard that he is a last-guy-in, first-guy-out type of quarterback,” Orlovsky said. “Like, not the maniacal work ethic. I’ve even heard it compared to Justin Herbert, where it was like, dude, when Justin Herbert showed up, he was like a psychopath when it came to working and get ready for the draft. Or even at school, like, ‘Give me more, I want to work non-stop.’ And I’ve heard that there are issues with Justin Fields’ work ethic.
“The second thing is … Where is his desire to go be a great quarterback? I think that there’s a desire to be a big-time athlete, from what is expressed to me, but where is his desire to be a great quarterback? And to be great, you gotta be willing to find the things that you are not good at and just freaking grind on them.”
Orlovsky posted a video on Thursday trying to clarify his remarks after heavy backlash.
However, Kirk Herbstreit still called him out on his nonsense.
“Absolutely RIDICULOUS. Even if YOU aren’t saying it… to pass that along from “people in the know” is reckless and absurd!! Embarrassing!!” said the college football analyst.