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2018 NFL Draft

Lamar Jackson


  • A
    Round 1-2
  • YearJunior
  • Height6-2
  • Weight216
  • Hand9
  • Arm33 ⅛
  • 40-yardN/A
  • BenchN/A
  • VerticalN/A
  • BroadN/A
  • 3-coneN/A
  • 20-yardN/A
  • 60-yardN/A

    Strong Points: Very productive in the Louisville offense. One of the better running quarterbacks in college football history. Very athletic with speed and change of direction. Elusive runner in the open field. Very good arm strength. Makes some big plays as a passer. 57 TD throws the past two seasons. Because of his running ability, receivers are not consistently covered tightly. Rushed for over 3,000 yards combined over the past two seasons

    Weak Points: Doesn't have a quarterback build; high-cut guy. Has a long throwing motion. Very inconsistent accuracy. For a guy as athletic as he is, Jackson is a flat-footed passer and he doesn't consistently get his lower body into throws. Needs a lot of work on his mechanics. His ability to see the field and find the open receiver is inconsistent and he will force some throws.

    The Way We See It: Jackson is a true junior. He has been a starter and big-play performer at Louisville since his freshman year. He is the major wild card in this draft, as teams will be all over the board as far as their grade and his ability. There is no question he can be a difference maker, but he has to be in the right offense. He needs a lot of work on his mechanics, as he has a long delivery and he doesn't get his lower body into his throws. Very inconsistent accuracy -- for his career he completed just 57 percent of his throws. His best year was 2017, when he competed 59 percent. In the past 12 years, no one with that low of a completion percentage has had NFL success. Jackson is a very unique player and is similar to Michael Vick when the former Falcons star entered the league. The team that drafts him has to have a plan on how to develop Jackson. If he settles down and improves his mechanics, he could be very good. Patience will be needed in his development. He could go as high as the first round and as low as the third, and it will be very interesting to see where he ends up.

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