Patrick Fields, S, Stanford | NFL Draft Scouting Report

Stanford safety Patrick Fields hopes to be selected in the 2023 NFL Draft, but does his scouting report suggest he will?

Our rookie scouting reports combine film and analytics to provide the best possible predictions for player performance. With the 2023 NFL Draft right around the corner, let’s take a look at the scouting report for Stanford safety Patrick Fields.

Patrick Fields NFL Draft Profile

  • Position: Safety
  • School: Stanford
  • Year: Fifth-Year Senior

Fields was a three-star recruit out of Union High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He received interest and offers from several Power Five programs. After considering his options, Fields chose to stay local and play college football at Oklahoma.

As a freshman, Fields only recorded a stat in four games. He was barely even a backup. Fortunately, as a sophomore, he played in 14 games, recording 64 total tackles and two sacks.

In Fields’ junior year, he only played nine games and registered 44 total tackles with one interception. He did not record a sack.

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It was as a senior when Fields had his best season yet. He recorded 80 total tackles and two interceptions but, again, did not record a sack.

At this point, Fields’ college career should’ve been over. However, due to the COVID year, he had the option to return to school for an extra season. Fields chose to exercise that option by transferring to Stanford.

As a fifth-year senior, Fields really should’ve exerted his dominance over younger, smaller players. Instead, his tackle total dropped to 45, and he did not record an interception. This time, however, he did manage two sacks.

Overall, Fields finished his college career with 159 solo tackles, 87 assisted tackles, 16 tackles for loss, four sacks, and three interceptions.

Tony Pauline’s Scouting Report for Patrick Fields

Strengths: Oklahoma transfer who is one of the more underrated safeties in this draft. Instinctive, immediately recognizes assignments, and quickly picks up coverage responsibilities. Displays great wherewithal, yet at the same time, is physical and hard-hitting.

Displays a burst to the ball out of his plant, quickly closes to plays, and possesses solid ball skills. Easily runs downfield with tight ends and shows cover skills. Plays faster than his 40 time. Fires upfield and gives effort defending screen passes or running plays. Squares into ball handlers.

Weaknesses: Doesn’t show great lateral speed and is a bit slow getting to the flanks. Not a stout tackler. Struggles to stay on the receiver’s hip out of breaks in man coverage. Minimally effective over the slot receiver.

Overall: Fields is an underrated safety who is effective in all areas of the position. He lacks great upside but possesses outstanding intellect and would be very good as a zone safety/special-teams player.

Patrick Fields Pro Day Measurements and Results

  • Height: 5’11”
  • Weight: 203 pounds
  • Arm Length: N/A
  • Hand Size: N/A
  • Bench Press: N/A
  • 40-Yard Dash: 4.52 seconds

Stanford S Patrick Fields Current Draft Projection

On Tony Pauline’s Big Board, Fields ranked 206th overall and is projected to go undrafted. With a 3.36 grade, he is Pauline’s S24 in this class.

Over his five years in college, Fields’ play wasn’t anything special. He was not overly productive, nor was he dominant, even in his final season when he should’ve been able to overpower receivers.

College production is the most predictive indicator of NFL success. Fields started producing as a sophomore but spent another three years in college and didn’t improve his production much. While that doesn’t preclude him from becoming a successful pro, it doesn’t exactly bode well.

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Fortunately, Fields is a pretty good athlete. He has good speed for his size and could turn into an asset in coverage.

With that said, Pauline projects Fields to go undrafted. After spending five years in college, Fields was unable to do anything to prove he belongs on an NFL roster.

As a Day 3 pick, Fields would be fighting an uphill battle. As a likely UDFA, there’s no guarantee he even gets signed, and he’ll continue to fight to have a sustained career. In a best-case scenario, Fields latches on somewhere after the draft and is able to earn a roster spot in training camp. Simply earning a spot on an active roster would be a success for him.

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