Photo of Devonte' Fields

Combine Results

Grade
5.43 ?
  • 4.72 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 34.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 124.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.40 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.50 SEC
    Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

  • 6'2" Height
  • 32 3/8" Arm Length
  • 236LBS. Weight
  • 9" Hands

Overview

This athletic pass rusher has seen great highs and the lowest of lows during his college career. A high school All-American, Fields stayed home in Fort Worth to play for Texas Christian University. He was named the Big 12 Defensive Freshman of the Year and first-team all-conference in 2012, leading TCU with 18.5 tackles for loss and 10 sacks. Then things went downhill, with Fields playing just three games in 2013 due to a foot injury. He was suspended two games that year, was robbed and shot near his apartment, then surrendered to police for a domestic violence incident in July 2014. That led to his dismissal from the Horned Frogs, and his attending Trinity Valley Community College (6.5 sacks, team went undefeated) the following fall. Louisville took a chance on Fields' talents before the 2015 season, and it paid off as he was an honorable mention All-ACC pick with a nation-leading 22.5 tackles for loss and a team-leading 11 sacks. His production fell off in 2016 (nine TFL, six sacks), but he was named first-team all-conference by league coaches all the same.

Analysis

Strengths

Talented athlete with loose hips. Has foot quickness and agility to become more disruptive player if motor catches. Has an undeniable burst to the ball once he sees the opening. Able to close out quarterbacks and ball carriers quickly. Can twitch and make sudden change-of-direction leaps to secure running backs racing through the line of scrimmage. Able to mirror and sack scrambling quarterbacks. Subtle change of direction and shifting of gears creates openings for him as a rusher. Possesses quick, inside jump-cut as a counter rush move. Better pad level could elevate effectiveness of his counter.

Weaknesses

Short strider who doesn't come up the field at full speed to threaten edge. Hands linger at the top of the pass rush. Needs to be more physical and explosive with hands for greasing the edge for decisive wins. Effort level needs an upgrade. Tends to loaf if play isn't headed in his direction. Inconsistent production since his freshman season at TCU. Has issues holding ground against power. Catches blocks over punching and separating to control the point of attack. Character red flags are a concern. Kicked out of TCU as a sophomore following domestic-violence allegations (he was eventually charged, but the charges were dismissed after he agreed to attend an anger-management course).

Draft Projection

Round 6-7

Sources Tell Us

"He just might not love the game. Gary Patterson isn't afraid to coach some guys with edge, but he got rid of Fields. I see potential, but potential means you just haven't done it yet. I don't think he has the desire to hold up to what the NFL will ask of him." -- NFC East scout

NFL Comparison

Dadi Nicolas

Bottom Line

Undersized end who will have to play as an open-side rush linebacker on the next level. Fields flashes impressive athletic gifts and opens a window into his potential, but takes too many plays off and is lacking the play demeanor NFL teams desire. Fields' off-field character will be vetted, but it is his football character that has scouts concerned about whether he can play to his potential.
-Lance Zierlein
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-9.00 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl to All-Pro Ability
6.50-6.99 Good NFL Starter with Pro Bowl Potential
6.00-6.49 Chance to become good NFL starter
5.70-5.99 Could become early NFL starter
5.30-5.69 Backup or eventual starter
5.15-5.29 Developmental prospect or special teams potential
5.01-5.14 Back end of the roster
5.00 50/50 Chance of making the roster

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