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Justin Fields Makes Subtle Change to Footwork at Second Pro Day

David Kaestle
Justin Fields changed his footwork for his pro day.
Justin Fields changed his footwork for his pro day. / Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

Justin Fields' talent is sky high, and he enjoyed an incredibly successful collegiate career because of it. Now, as he prepares for the NFL ahead of the 2021 draft, it appears the Ohio State star QB is tweaking some of his mechanics, specifically his pre-snap footwork.

While making some tweaks during the draft process is far from uncommon, when you dig deeper into the why behind the change, things get interesting.

Throughout his time at Ohio State, Fields set up before the snap with his left foot set back in his stance. But in his most recent pro day workout, it was his right foot that was set back.

When Kyle Shanahan and the San Francisco 49ers traded up to the No. 3 spot in the draft, speculation instantly began swirling of which quarterback the team was targeting. Shanahan and the Niners were in attendance at Fields' pro day where he made the footwork change. It was a similar change that Matt Ryan made the same year Shanahan arrived in Atlanta as the offensive coordinator.

Ryan went on to win the NFL MVP the following season after making that change.

What we're now left wondering is if this change in Fields' approach had anything to do with Shanahan. And if it did, does that bear any indication on the team's thinking ahead of the draft? It's certainly curious timing.

We won't know the answer until the first round of the NFL Draft kicks off on April 29.

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