Justin Fields will have to fight against ghosts of the past if he wants to be selected high in the NFL draft.
After all, former Ohio State quarterbacks Braxton Miller, Cardale Jones, Terrelle Pryor and J.T. Barrett have all struck out in the NFL. And Fields just happens to be the latest Ohio State quarterback.
“In all honesty, I think I’m different than those guys,” Fields told the media following his Pro Day on Tuesday. “I know my work ethic is unmatched and just my dedication and my passion to wanting to be great is just another level.”
Of course, the latest Buckeyes flop is none other than Dwayne Haskins, who started the year as the starter for the Washington Football Team but had been cut by the end of the season. He has since signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Fields said he has no idea why other former Ohio State QBs have been busts in the pros, nor should he really bother to care.
“I don’t know those guys personally,” he said. “I don’t know what they were taught.”
Fields and the Buckeyes lost to Alabama in the national title game. He was excellent for the majority of the season, displaying all the qualities NFL teams seek in a signal-caller. He is expected to be a top-10 selection, perhaps even top three.
“In terms of the past quarterbacks, I can’t control that,” Fields said. “The only similarity that me and those guys have is that we wore the same uniform. … I’m going to focus on myself and focus on continuing to get better in every aspect of the game.”