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Devonte Fields | Defensive End

Team: Louisville Cardinals
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 240

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An NFC East scout suggested that Louisville edge rusher Devonte Fields "just might not love the game."
"Gary Patterson isn't afraid to coach some guys with edge, but he got rid of Fields," the scout said. "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." NFL Media's Lance Zierlein likens Fields to fellow undersized end Dadi Nicolas. "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," Zierlein wrote. "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." It's worth noting that Fields' production dropped in 2016 (nine TFL and six sacks). Mon, Mar 20, 2017 02:20:00 PM

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Louisville edge rusher Devonte Fields will work with the LB position at the NFL Combine.

Fields' path throughout his collegiate career is a windy one. He typically played defensive end, but was asked to drop in some situations. We would not call it a strength, so any four front or five front scheme he plays in should feature him as a pass rusher.
Source: NFL Combine
Fri, Feb 17, 2017 11:09:00 AM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline reports that Louisville edge rusher Devonte Fields has "shoulder issues that many believe to be labrum-related."

"I was not informed if he’ll need surgery but this also bears watching to see if any red-flags pop up during the combine," Pauline added. Fields has a history of shoulder woes. He underwent shoulder surgery about 13 months ago after saying he played with a torn labrum for most of the 2015 season.
Thu, Feb 16, 2017 01:56:00 PM

Louisville redshirt senior edge rusher Devonte Fields is not dressed for warmups prior to the school's game against Virginia.

Fields made the trip to Virginia, so he was likely a game time decision. Fields left the school's game against NC State with an apparent injury and did not return. As with most college football injuries, no details are available. Redshirt freshman Jonathan Greenard will likely start in his place.
Sat, Oct 29, 2016 11:25:00 AM

Louisville coach Bobby Petrino blamed redshirt senior edge rusher Devonte Fields' early struggles last season on joining the team late and out of shape.

Fields transferred to the Cardinals the day before fall camp began. He wasn't in good shape when he showed up. "He got very sore, his body ached, he broke down a little bit. It took him awhile to get back," Petrino said. "He hadn't played in awhile, so his instincts and abilities were rusty. He just got better and better each week. The last six weeks of the season, he was as dominant a player as we've had the luxury to coach." Fields had 8.5 of his 11 sacks over the last four games.
Tue, Aug 2, 2016 07:43:00 PM

Louisville redshirt junior edge rusher Devonte Fields said he played with a torn labrum from Week 4 of the 2015 season on.

Fields underwent shoulder surgery last month and is expected to miss spring football practices. That he played so long with a torn labrum is truly impressive given what the Cardinals star accomplished down the stretch. Of his No. 2-nationally 22 TFL, 18.5 came in the last seven games. He also led the team with 11 sacks and was Louisville's fourth-leading tackler with 64. Despite losing Sheldon Rankins, Louisville's defense may be even stronger next year. A fully-healthy Fields will be joined by standout returnees linebacker Keith Kelsey, defensive tackle DeAngelo Brown and safety Josh Harvey-Clemons, among others.
Sun, Feb 14, 2016 12:55:00 PM

Louisville redshirt junior DE Devonte Fields announced he is returning to school for the 2016 season.

The decision is a bit surprising, but Fields finally put his first consistent season together since his freshman year at TCU. Fields recorded 7.5 sacks in the school's final three games of the season. He'll be losing teammate Sheldon Rankins to the NFL.
Thu, Jan 7, 2016 10:51:00 AM

Texas A&M Aggies (8-4) tangoes with Louisville Cardinals (7-5) in the Music City Bowl on December 30.

No line has swung more wildly than this one. The Aggies opened as 2.5-point favorites. They are now five-point underdogs following the shocking transfers of QBs sophomore Kyle Allen and freshman Kyler Murray. Expect third-string quarterback Jake Hubenak to get the start against Louisville's strong defense, ranked No. 22 by S&P+. Louisville QB Lamar Jackson also has a tough assignment ahead of him. Texas A&M's pass rush ranks No. 20 in the FBS with 2.75 sacks per game and Louisville's pass protection has been swinging gate bad, allowing 3.67 sacks per game, the second-worst showing in the nation.
Source: SB Nation
Sun, Dec 20, 2015 07:26:00 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline points out that Louisville redshirt junior DE Devonte Fields "has been on a tear in recent weeks."

After transferring over from Trinity Valley CC, Fields started slowly. He’s picked it up in a big way, logging four of his eight sacks and nine of his 19 TFL over the past three games. "He’s a natural pass rusher with great speed and balance off the edge as well as upside potential for the next level," Pauline wrote. "Off the field issues, including the alleged assault of an ex-girlfriend which resulted his departure from TCU, loom large and will have an effect on Fields’ draft stock."
Thu, Dec 3, 2015 07:46:00 PM

Louisville redshirt junior DE Devonte Fields expressed gratitude for having been given a second opportunity.

"I'm very appreciative, words can't even explain how appreciative I am for this second chance," Fields said, according to "I'm just going to make the best of my opportunity, try to get my degree as well, just be thankful that I'm here really." Fields, who transferred over from TCU via a JUCO, is expected to replace New York Jets third-round pick Lorenzo Mauldin.
Source: wave3
Sun, Aug 16, 2015 12:41:00 PM

Redshirt junior DE Devonte Fields has been cleared to enroll at Louisville and will join the team on August 4, according to ESPN's Max Olson.

Louisville head coach Bobby Petrino was previously unsure when Fields would get the go ahead to enroll and play for Louisville, but the edge rusher will join the team two days before practice begins. Fields starred at TCU his freshman year before his career fell off a cliff due to off-field issues. He spent a season at the JUCO level and will hope to rebound with the Cardinals, who have produced a high number of defensive prospects in the last few seasons.
Source: ESPN
Thu, Jul 23, 2015 09:15:00 AM

Updating a previous report, Louisville redshirt junior DE Devonte Fields hasn't yet been cleared academically by the University of Louisville or the NCAA.

"That's an ongoing process, and we've got two more weeks (before camp)," Louisville coach Bobby Petrino said. "You find out something new every day." Fields was dismissed from TCU last August after a domestic assault charge which was dropped when he completed an anger management course. The 6-foot-4, 254-pounder, who was the 2012 Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year (10 sacks and 18.5 tackles for loss), must be cleared by the time Louisville's fall classes begin on Aug. 24.
Wed, Jul 22, 2015 06:29:00 PM

Louisville coach Bobby Petrino is still waiting on confirmation that redshirt junior DE Devonte Fields will be cleared to play this year.

The former TCU star has still not been officially cleared by the NCAA, but everyone involved considers that a formality. "The legal case has been cleared and everything dropped," Petrino said, "but we’re waiting for certification [from the NCAA] and the university tells us they’re good to go." The 6-foot-4, 254-pound Fields was dismissed from TCU last August after a domestic assault charge; those charges were dropped when Fields completed an anger management course.
Tue, Jul 21, 2015 09:51:00 PM

Louisville redshirt junior DE Devonte Fields "has great natural ability and star potential if he's coached up," according to ESPN's Mel Kiper.

"It's hard to call him a wild card given that he won Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year as a true freshman, but that's exactly what Fields is at this point after being kicked out of TCU for off-field issues and spending last season in junior college," Kiper wrote. Kiper says Fields is the No. 4 underclassmen defensive end prospect in the nation. The 6-foot-4, 254-pound Fields had a Round 1 grade back in 2012 when he was ripping up the gridiron as a freshman at TCU, but he's a true wild card heading into the fall.
Tue, Jul 21, 2015 12:54:00 AM

NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein writes that Louisville redshirt junior DE Devonte Fields' "2012 season won't mean much to NFL scouts unless he shows that same form as a JUCO transfer at Louisville this season."

The 6-foot-4, 254-pound Fields, the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year in 2012 and preseason Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year last season, was booted off TCU in August and transferred to Trinity Valley Community College because of a a domestic violence issue. He had a Round 1 grade in 2012, but his stock is very much up in the air at this point. Fields needs a big season as much as anyone.
Mon, Jul 6, 2015 11:38:00 AM