Mark Fields

Clemson
DB14

Prospect Info

College
Clemson
Hometown
Class
NC
Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
5' 10"
192 lbs
30 1/2”
Hands
9 1/8”

Prospect Grade

5.37
NFL Backup or Special Teams Potential
How We Grade
40 Yard Dash
4.37
Seconds
 
Bench Press
18
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
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INCHES
 
Broad Jump
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INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
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Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
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Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
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Playlist

Fields is the son of the former Washington State and NFL Pro Bowl linebacker of the same name. He came to Clemson as a top 100 overall recruit, and found his way onto the field in 13 games as a reserve (three tackles) as a true freshman. Fields started once in 15 games the following year, stopping 13 ball carriers, intercepting one pass, and breaking up four passes. He earned a starting role in 2017, but missed six games with a foot injury. In eight games (four starts) as a junior he made 20 stops, three for loss, and had two pass breakups. Fields only started once in 11 games played in 2018, making nine tackles and breaking up six passes on the year (two of which came in the national title game against Alabama).
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 5-6
NFL Comparison
Mike Hilton
Overview
Fields' draft stock has taken an upward turn after a strong second-half performance against Alabama and a solid week of work at the Senior Bowl. He's combination of strength, speed and explosiveness should serve him well as he transitions inside. His lack of experience shows up in his technique and pattern recognition, but with time, his athletic traits and natural man cover talent could give him a chance to be a starting nickel.
Strengths
  • Productive and competitive throughout the postseason
  • Twitchy and explosive
  • Limited tape shows player with natural cover talent
  • Athletic traits to become more adept as pattern matcher
  • Furious foot quickness in tight quarters
  • Multi-stepper for controlled closeouts in space
  • Above average play strength for size
  • Strikes with some aggression to disrupt catch
  • Reaches top-end speed quickly and sustains it downfield
  • Plays with grit in run support
  • Successful leg attacks as solo tackler.
Weaknesses
  • Only six career starts with limited playing time at Clemson
  • Backpedal is a little stiff and labored
  • Frenetic and lacking fluidity in his play
  • Drifts from his technique at times
  • Struggled finding football downfield against A&M
  • Momentary stall when transitioning forward from pedal
  • Needs better eye-balance from off-man
  • Overly responsive to route fakes and loses position at times
Sources Tell Us

"This was my first look at him and I thought he looked pretty good. He's kind of a jitterbug with how he moves but I like that because it shows me he can react quickly if he gets beat." - NFC defensive coach on Senior Bowl practices
GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league