Them scouts need to be let go. The numbers ( TATF drools over numbers) say that Fields was the best quarterback in the nation among the top quarterbacks at reading defense and was the most accurate. If the Falcon scouts said otherwise, they performed malpractice and need to be let go:
Benjamin Solak of the Draft Network took the time to chart the throws of all the major college quarterbacks last season, and found that not only did Fields throw to his second read more than other experts insinuated, he threw to his second read at a higher percentage than any of the other high profile QBs in his draft class. According to Solak, Fields made it past his first read on over 19% of his throws in 2021. Trevor Lawrence and Trey Lance threw past their first read just under 17% of the time, Zach Wilson was under 15%, while Mac Jones threw past his No. 1 option under 10% of the time.
But the data doesn’t stop there in dispelling the notion that Fields is a one-read QB. Digging a little deeper into the numbers, Solak found that in addition to making the most throws beyond his No. 1 option, Fields was the most accurate passer beyond the first read. Per Solak’s charting, Fields completed 69.1% of his throws past the first read— just a shade under his 70.2% overall completion percentage. Meanwhile the numbers of his peers paled in comparison. Lance and Wilson did the best at 64.7% and 59.6% respectively. But Lawrence and Jones really struggled, putting up 43.4% and 31.6% completion rates respectively.