The NFL draft is less than two weeks away which means it’s that time of year when analysts say absurd things while giving hot takes on prospects.
On Tuesday during ESPN’s SportsCenter special on the NFL draft, Chris Mortensen bizarrely suggested that QB Justin Fields may have developed bad throwing mechanics from playing baseball at Ohio State
Chris Mortensen with a real humdinger here suggesting Justin Fields has bad throwing mechanics because he’s been playing baseball, a sport he has not played since 2018 pic.twitter.com/0idwpfUC11
— Ben Koo (@bkoo) April 13, 2021
“People don’t realize Justin Fields was a big time high school baseball player,”. “He was invited to the Perfect Game showcase at Harrison High School in metro Atlanta where the top high school players showcase for Major League scouts.”
“He also was getting ready to play baseball at Ohio State last year. So he was actually going between two sports, getting ready and then the pandemic – are they or aren’t they – those type of things might have messed with his mechanics a little bit.”
Fans crushed Mortensen over his take considering some of the top QBs in the game including Patrick Mahomes, Russell Wilson, and Kyler Murray played baseball before joining the NFL.
Patrick Mahomes and Kyler Murray played baseball. Everyone considers playing baseball as a good thing for your throwing mechanics.
— Ahmed Yousif (@ahmedyousif18) April 13, 2021
The best QBs I’ve worked with all played baseball. Mahomes is a shortstop that just happens to play QB. You do not need to specialize! https://t.co/D4Nh3hVdJk
— Tom House (@tomhousesports) April 14, 2021
Notable baseball playing QBs in the NFL rn……Patrick Mahomes, Russell Wilson, Kyler Murray just to name a few. https://t.co/JDQ6RGB0ES
— Triss B giving. (@trissjb) April 14, 2021
Patrick Mahomes, Russell Wilson, Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, & Ben Roethlisberger all played ⚾️ (& 🏀 fwiw). Could make a strong argument it’d be a knock if the QB didn’t play. https://t.co/5S2jPdyltr
— Tyler Leising (@TBL25) April 14, 2021
LOL Mahomes and Kyler both played baseball…… they also just have bad throwing mechanics huh? LOOOOL. @espn there’s a reason your viewership continues to plunge, here’s an example. https://t.co/n5a4hVoIqt
— Jim McIntosh (@JJMcIntosh) April 14, 2021
Lmaooo we didn’t hear about loopy actual bad mechanic Jameis Winston the FSU “pitcher” oh and Kyler Murray’s mechanics appear to be good… Patrick Mahomes arm angles from baseball ?🧐 running out of lies the tape doesn’t support?? https://t.co/0gvkOhD3Vf
— @NFLsantaCLaus RiP⚰️🎅🏻⚱️ (@NFLmrMiyagi) April 14, 2021