It’s a day that ends in Y, which means that Justin Fields’ draft prospects have been thrown into question by the rumor mill, which also usually means that Ohio State head coach Ryan Day isn’t going to be far behind to defend his quarterback.
Late Wednesday morning, it was revealed on Buckeye Scoop’s Ask The Insiders message board that there were rumors in NFL circles that Fields could be dropping down the draft board because he has epilepsy. A few hours later, the rumors of Fields having epilepsy were confirmed by NFL reporters Ian Rapaport and Tom Pelissero.
According to Rapaport, Fields has been taking medication and has not had any recent issues. Fields has also confirmed the diagnosis to NFL teams while also telling them that it has not affected his ability to play football and that doctors believe he will eventually outgrow it, if he hasn’t already.
Late Wednesday afternoon, Day tweeted out a statement regarding Fields’ health and toughness and how there were never any issues with either on his football team.
“Justin’s health, toughness and work ethic have never been an issue and I am incredibly proud of his professionalism and the character he displays on and off the field,” Day wrote. “The fact that he never missed a game at Ohio State speaks volumes about how he takes care of himself.”
In his two years at Ohio State, Fields started all 22 games, throwing for 5,373 yards and 63 touchdowns and leading the Buckeyes to two playoff appearances. He also rushed for 867 yards and 15 touchdowns. Fields finished with a record of 20-2 as the Ohio State starting quarterback, never losing a regular season game and winning two Big Ten titles.
Fields is expected to be selected somewhere between third and fifteenth in the first round of this month’s NFL Draft.
The 2021 NFL Draft is a three-night affair with the first round kicking off next Thursday, April 29.