Rumors concerning NFL prospects are swirling with just under a month until the 2021 draft, and Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields recently became the latest victim of anonymous criticism.

ESPN analyst and former quarterback Dan Orlovsky caused controversy last week by suggesting he'd heard some teams were concerned about Fields' work ethic and "his desire to go be a great quarterback."

But Buckeyes head coach Ryan Day came to his former player's defense this past weekend, saying he thinks "some people are being a little reckless with their comments."

"The whole idea that he doesn't have a very good work ethic? I mean, to me, that's crazy," Day told Peter King of NBC Sports. "He got done with the Clemson game (the 2019 College Football Playoff loss), and he came back, and all he did was work to get back to that game. And when those other guys are opting out, what's he do? He petitions to have a season.