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Lamar Jackson | Quarterback

Team: Louisville Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (21) / 1/7/1997
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 205

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Appearing on ESPN Radio's Golic and Wingo show, former NFL GM Bill Polian called Louisville QB Lamar Jackson "too short" to play quarterback.
This is not the first time that Polian has called Jackson something other than a quarterback. He has repeatedly called the 2016 Heisman Trophy a wide receiver, albeit a dynamic one. He doubled down on those comments on Monday. "Exceptional athlete, exceptional ability to make you miss, exceptional acceleration, exceptional instincts with the ball in his hands, and that’s rare for wide receivers," Polian said. "This guy is incredible in the open field. But again, short, and a little bit slight, and clearly, clearly not the thrower the other guys are. The accuracy isn’t there." We don't agree with Polian's views -- even if they are sort of a backhanded compliment to Jackson -- but an NFL team might be very tempted to see what he could do as a skill-position player. We'll see. Feb 19 - 1:15 PM
Source: SB Nation

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Pro Football Focus notes that Lamar Jackson had 8.6 percent of his passes dropped in 2017.

That's the highest percentage of passes dropped by any of the "big 6" quarterbacks; which are made up of Jackson, USC's Sam Darnold, UCLA's Josh Rosen, Wyoming's Josh Allen and Oklahoma State's Mason Rudolph. Darnold had the lowest percentage with just 3.9 percent of his passes dropped. It's worth noting that one of the criticism's of Jackson is that he doesn't always show great touch on the ball, so some of those drops could be passes that were zoomed in when they could have been thrown with a bit more loft. That's nitpicking, however, and it shows that Jackson's completion percentage should have been considerably higher in 2017.
Feb 17 - 6:45 PM

Rotoworld's Thor Nystrom calls Louisville QB Lamar Jackson "the most athletic quarterback to enter the league since Michael Vick."

The "right-handed Michael Vick" comp is one that will almost certainly be uttered come Day 1 of the draft in April. Nystrom is as high on athletic phenom Jackson as any analyst out there, sliding him into his freshly released position rankings as the No. 2 quarterback in the class, trailing only Josh Rosen. Writes Nystrom, "He has a much higher bust potential than Rosen, which is why I can’t put him atop the QB board." However, in the same breath, he notes that even if Jackson flames out at quarterback, he could still serve as a lethal player in sub-packages. While L-Jax is not a lock first-rounder, we consider him close to it, especially if he impresses in Indianapolis at the NFL Scouting Combine later this month.
Source: Rotoworld
Feb 16 - 12:42 PM

Appearing on the Rotoworld Football Podcast, Matt Waldman believes Louisville QB Lamar Jackson is "Michael Vick with a better understanding of the pocket, of his footwork, of his reads and of his decision making."

Waldman adds Jackson has better accuracy than Vick coming out of school. Yes, that is high praise and honestly we can't talk about Vick as a prospect since that draft class was so long ago, but Waldman certainly can. Vick had a long way to go and progressed quite a bit once reaching the NFL, and Jackson can do the same thing. The highlights show Jackson as a lethal runner, and he is. But Jackson's game always starts in the pocket and displays passing traits that should get everyone excited.
Feb 15 - 9:42 AM

NFL Media's Bucky Brooks ranked Louisville QB Lamar Jackson over Wyoming QB Josh Allen in his initial list of the position.

The Louisville product sits at No. 4, and Allen at No. 5. "Jackson is the wild card of the group as an electric playmaker with a run-first game," Brooks writes. We don't totally agree with the run-first label. Yes, Jackson had more carries than passes in college, but those figures shifted during his final season of college ball when Jackson took big strides forward. There were plenty of occasions where Jackson hangs in the pocket looking for an open receiver, then destroys the defense on the ground when space creates. He's a true big play threat.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 8 - 11:03 AM

Bleacher Report's Richard Javrin projects the Jets to take Lamar Jackson with the sixth pick in his latest mock draft.

This is the highest we've seen Jackson go in a mock in quite some time. Javrin projects him to be the third quarterback off the board, after Sam Darnold to the Browns and Josh Rosen to the Giants, respectively. "The quarterback is a polarizing player during this process, but he should go to the Jets. There are better teams for him, but the Jets need a player like Jackson to lift their franchise out of the depths of the AFC East," Jarvin writes.
Feb 2 - 7:27 PM

NFL.com Analyst Bucky Brooks projects the Jaguars to take Louisville QB Lamar Jackson with the 30th pick in his latest mock draft.

Now this would be interesting. The Jaguars would be able to let Jackson sit for one year behind Blake Bortles -- assuming they bring him back -- and a year of learning could do wonders for the 2016 Heisman Trophy winner. "The most explosive playmaker in the draft is not a finished product as a passer, but he would add a dimension to the Jaguars' offense as a dual-threat athlete," Brooks writes. "With a spread offense aficionado (Nathaniel Hackett) at the controls, the Jaguars could craft an offense that would allow him to shine as a QB1 down the road."
Source: NFL.com
Jan 26 - 5:56 PM

NFL Draft Scout's Rob Rang projects the Bills to take Louisville QB Lamar Jackson with the 23rd pick in his latest mock draft.

What's fun about this -- outside of the obvious fun that comes from Jackson -- is this pick comes from the Chiefs, who traded it when they moved up to take QB Pat Mahomes. "Jackson plays a similar style as Tyrod Taylor, relying upon his legs as much as his arm or eyes," Rang writes. "He is younger, cheaper and has a higher upside, however — characteristics the Bills may consider with two first-round picks."
Jan 19 - 7:56 PM

ESPN's Bill Polian believes that Louisville QB Lamar Jackson will be a "dynamic wide reciever" at the NFL level.

Polian believes that NFL teams will want to get the ball in Jackson's hands, which is the positive way of saying that Bill Polian doesn't believe Lamar Jackson can play quarterback. He cites his doubts about his ability to play the position by mentioning his frame, throwing accuracy and "penchant for taking off on the run." He's certainly not the first person to believe Jackson won't play quarterback in the NFL, but this is certainly one of the most high-profile.
Jan 19 - 5:43 PM

An anonymous Power 5 defensive coordinator told ESPN "without hesitation" that Louisville QB Lamar Jackson is an NFL quarterback.

That specific DC believes the NFL has struggled to develop quarterbacks because they aren't as open-minded to signal-callers who don't fit cookie-cutter molds. "Instead of adapting to the players coming into the league, they’re trying to do what they’ve always done," he said. Louisville HC Bobby Petrino, a former NFL head coach, thinks the nitpicking of Jackson's game is outrageous. "There’s no question he’s a quarterback in the NFL, and he’s a special, special player," Petrino said. "I don’t know who started that or why they did it, but it’s ridiculous." Petrino's message to skeptics: "They just need to come in and do their work, watch the video, see him, that’s it. That’s just talk. Do your work." At this time, Jackson is seen as a late Rd. 1 or early Rd. 2 prospect.
Source: ESPN
Jan 19 - 4:00 PM

In conversations with scout, NFL Draft Scout's Dane Brugler has not spoken with one evaluator who believes Louisville QB Lamar Jackson needs to transition to WR.

This idea that sprouted from an anonymous NFL source will continue to get cited, but it is becoming more and more clear those that believe Jackson needs to switch positions in order to have any chance are in the minority. Jackson should be drafted as a quarterback with a chance to improve his game.
Jan 8 - 11:10 AM

Louisville junior QB Lamar Jackson released a statement saying he will enter the 2018 NFL Draft.

Let's go. Jackson is a treat to watch, and he absolutely dominated college football over the last two years, including a Heisman Trophy win. Jackson produced so many plays in the running and passing game... but for some reason many want to solely focus on the former, believing his future is outside of the quarterback spot. Yes, he has more career rushing yards and touchdowns than Saquon Barkley, but he has legitimate talent at quarterback. He has plenty of room to grow, but so does every quarterback entering the NFL. Jackson continues to grow at his position. This will be an enjoyable, and possibly chaotic, storyline to follow.
Jan 5 - 10:41 AM

Walter Football's Charlie Campbell hears that Louisville junior QB Lamar Jackson is leaning toward a return to school for the 2018 season.

Per one of Campbell's sources, Jackson is "weighing the business odds" on a declaration/no-declaration. A high-ranking AFC executive who spoke with the insider called L-Jax "the most dynamic player in the draft." Not everybody is sold on him sticking at quarterback, though, as there are concerns in some corners about his ability to lead a complex NFL offense. Just where the 6-foot-3, 205-pounder might land should he declare is something that figures to be quite fluid during the evaluating process. We don't see him falling too far outside the first round should he remain on the board after Day 1.
Jan 3 - 8:01 PM

The Sporting News' Eric Galko relays that while many NFL teams believe that Louisville junior QB Lamar Jackson can stick at the position in the NFL, "not every team likes Jackson as a quarterback."

"Enough scouts have gone through the program, spoken with coaches and echoed similar concerns of offense complexity, his vocal ability as an offensive leader and his confidence when responsibilities grow," Galko writes. ESPN's Todd McShay is of the opinion that L-Jax should return to school for the 2018 season, citing mechanical issues which can lead to overthrows -- the analyst was specifically referencing what he saw during Louisville's TaxSlayer Bowl loss to Mississippi State over the weekend. Despite all of these questions, we still would not be surprised if he received real interest as a first-round prospect if he declares. His elite athleticism is just too tempting for him to fall that far.
Jan 2 - 5:03 PM

ESPN Draft Analyst Todd McShay believes that Louisville junior QB Lamar Jackson should return for his senior season.

McShay's comments come after his borderline disastrous bowl game against Mississippi State when he threw four interceptions and completed just 13-of-31 passes. "On the positive side, we all know it: He's an electrifying athlete. He can do some things with the football in his hands that most quarterbacks cannot do," McShay said of Jackson. "He has improved. He improved in terms of his poise and patience in the pocket this year. I thought he improved his accuracy overall. But you can see today (against Mississippi State), the mechanics aren't consistent. He's missing high on a lot of throws, four interceptions," McShay said. "Yes, you can argue one of them wasn't his fault, But by coming back to school and continuing to work on his mechanics and continuing to get bigger and stronger so his frame will hold up at the next level if he does have to run as much as he does, I just think that would be the best thing for him."
Jan 1 - 1:45 PM