A couple of draft notes this morning as two OSU prospects have made a decision on their future.
As expected, Justin Fields has made the decision to enter the 2021 NFL Draft, posting a thank you and goodbye to OSU on Twitter:
However, in a somewhat surprising move, Chris Olave has decided to return for his final year:
Both players have been highly linked with the Jets by draft heads, usually as a package deal in the first/second round.
Justin Fields entering the draft is no surprise, the OSU QB is expected to be a top 5 selection. With the Jets holding the #2 overall selection and no clear answer at the QB position, he’ll be under consideration by Joe Douglas.
He leaves Ohio State as one of the most accurate passers in college football, In 2020 he completed 70.2% of his passes for 2100 yards, 22 TD’s and 6 INT’s in just 8 games. This was on the back of a superb 2019 season where he completed 67.2% of his passes for 3273 yards, 41 TD’s and just 3 INT’s in 14 games.
He’s also accounted for 1133 yards on the ground and 19 rushing touchdowns in his college career.
There will be reams and reams of copy on Justin before the draft and his game will be picked apart as it should. There are things to like and there are things to not like, his performance against Clemson and their cover-3 defense is noteworthy though, as it showed true progression from the QB who struggled against those looks in 2019.
Chris Olave is a little more surprising. He will return for his senior year after posting 50 receptions for 729 yards, for 14.6 yards per catch and 7 TD’s in 7 games. A year after posting 840 yards and 12 TD’s as a sophomore.
It’s not entirely clear who he’ll be catching passes from, most have CJ Stroud as the starter in 2021, others have Kyle McCord, but whoever it is, it’s a risky move for Olave who was considered a late first, early 2nd round selection.