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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

Walter Football's Charlie Campbell passes along that Louisville T Geron Christian is receiving Day 2 grades in some quarters.

Per Campbell, Christian's appeal comes in his size at 6-foot-5, 300 pounds, as well as his "quickness, agility and athleticism." The draft insider notes that despite his upside in these areas, the offensive lineman is unlikely to realistically enter the Day 1 conversation due in part to the fact that he is "slow to redirect back to the inside, counter inside moves, and too often oversets to the outside." He's not the most polished on the technical level. If Christian is to find success at the pro level, it won't come immediately, with some of Campbell's sources forwarding that he will probably need at least a year or two to develop before he's ready to compete for a starting job at left tackle.
Feb 13 - 4:17 PM

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

Louisville signed 2018 four-star JUCO junior DE Mike Boykin.

Boykin (6’5/265) signed with the Cards in 2016 out of high school. Details about why he didn't enroll are scant, but he didn't, which forced him to attend Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. After completing his time there, Boykin eschewed a bevy of offers to return to Louisville. Among his spurned parties, Alabama, Arizona State, Arkansas, Auburn, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas A&M, USC, Vanderbilt, Florida, Illinois, Maryland and Syracuse. Boykin has a frame to dream on. He could stay on the outside, or potentially bulk up for a move inside.
Source: ESPN
Feb 7 - 2:25 PM

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

Louisville hired Alabama State S coach Grady Brown to serve as defensive assistant and recruiting coordinator.

Brown put in a four-year run on South Carolina's staff prior to joining Alabama State last offseason. With Louisville, he will be reunited with current secondary coach Lorenzo Ward, who served as defensive coordinator during Brown's time in Columbia.
Source: gocards.com
Feb 2 - 4:12 PM

Louisville has made the hiring of Brian VanGorder as their new defensive coordinator official.

VanGorder spent 2017 as a defensive analyst for Oklahoma State, and he spent 2016 in the same role for Georgia. Prior to that, he was a defensive coordinator at Notre Dame, and he's also coordinated defenses for several other schools and in the NFL for the Jets and Falcons. He takes over for Peter Sirmon, who stepped down in order to take an associate head coach/co-defensive coordinator position with California.
Jan 29 - 12:16 PM

Football Scoop reports that Louisville will hire Oklahoma State defensive analyst Brian VanGorder to serve as defensive coordinator.

VanGorder likely would have taken a job as an assistant on-staff with the Cowboys had this opportunity not materialized for him. He takes over as defensive coordinator for Peter Sirmon, who resigned from his post earlier this month. While VanGorder has ample experience for the position, his last stint as such ended up flaming out in spectacular fashion. Heading into his third season as defensive coordinator with Notre Dame in 2016, the Irish proceeded to limp out to a historically bad defensive start to the campaign. They surrendered 134 points through the first four games of the season before VanGorder was shown the door.
Jan 27 - 4:00 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

ESPN's Jake Trotter writes "don't be surprised" if Oklahoma State promotes defensive analyst Brian VanGorder to an on-field staff position.

VanGorder could potentially join HC Mike Gundy's staff as their 10th assistant. The former Notre Dame defensive coordinator worked as a defensive analyst in Stillwater during the 2017 season after being hired by the program last February. The Irish fired VanGorder four games into the 2016 campaign after the team limped out to a positively ghoulish defensive start.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 23 - 1:10 PM

Walter Football's Charlie Campbell relays that Louisville DB Chucky Williams met with the Los Angeles Rams on Wednesday.

Williams (6'2/215) showed out well during the East-West Shrine Game practice week, with Campbell noting that the defensive back impressed in coming down to defend against the run in Tuesday's drills. While he had an impressive nose for the ball during his career at Louisville -- three picks in each of his final three years in the program -- Campbell would like to see him tighten up in his overall approach to pass coverage. Williams is attempting to push into the late Day 3 fray.
Jan 20 - 4:34 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


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