Denver Broncos NFL Draft: 1st-rounders George Paton saw at pro days

Denver Broncos 2021 NFL Draft: Justin Fields. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Denver Broncos 2021 NFL Draft: Justin Fields. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) /
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Denver Broncos, Justin Fields
Denver Broncos 2021 NFL Draft: Justin Fields. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) /

3. Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State

George Paton skipped Mac Jones’ second pro day to go and see Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields, and Fields did not diappoint.

To be fair, it’s rare that a quarterback does disappoint at their pro day, but I digress.

Fields was particularly impressive with the way he threw the ball around at Ohio State’s indoor practice facility, and he certainly gave Paton something to think about.

Let’s be purely honest here, though — if Paton was interested in taking Fields at pick number 9 or even trading up to get him, he would have already likely made that decision on some level. The reality is, Paton’s attendance at Fields’ pro day is indicative of the fact that his interest based on film study is legitimate, and he wanted to see how the guy works in person.

Fields was awesome in two seasons for Ohio State, perhaps saving his best for his final couple of games with the Buckeyes. After transferring from Georgia, Fields became a Heisman contender and proved to be one of the best dual-threat quarterbacks in college football.

Because of his accuracy as a passer to all levels of the field, I think Fields is a better fit for the Denver Broncos’ current offensive alignment than Trey Lance would be. With that said, scouts and pundits have discussed Fields’ need to be better at making decisions with the ball rather than being overly “methodical” and taking too long when going through his progressions.

Fields has proven he is capable of going through progressions and getting to his fourth or fifth option in a progression — that’s not the issue. The issue is making the right decision in a fraction of a second when going through them.

Is he raw enough in that regard that Paton would take him at 9 or even trade up to get him?