Lamar Jackson Draft Profile
Lamar Jackson Draft Profile
- Rocket arm
- Solid delivery
- Improved pocket poise each year at Louisville
- Elite scrambler
Analysis: Lamar Jackson is one of the most polarizing prospects in the last decade–some want him to switch to receiver, let me tell you this…Lamar Jackson is a quarterback and a potentially lethal one at that. He is an elite playmaker with the rare ability to hit home runs with his arm or legs. Has experience under center. Arm is lively and can spin it. Delivery devoid of wasted motion. Ball comes out with flick of the wrist reminiscent of Michael Vick. Can drive it with velocity. Pocket poise and pre-snap plan has improved each year. Has improved ability to hold safeties and linebackers with his eyes. His play at the quarterback position forces defenses to keep a spy and subsequently lightens the numbers in coverage. His scrambling forces cornerbacks to choose between receiver and potential run support. Destroys pursuit angles when he runs. Has open field instincts and elusiveness of elite running back. Understands when his speed can eliminate a tackler and moves attention to the next level of danger. Red-zone juggernaut. Tallied 10 rushing touchdowns of over 40 yards in three seasons.
- Thin frame
- Low release point
- Progressions stop after the second-read
- Lacks touch
Analysis: Lamar Jackson is a skinny boy who needs to add muscle/weight onto his frame to be able to withstand the abuse of the quarterback position. His footwork at times, can be atrocious–he will need to work consistently with a QB coach to correct a lot of his mechanical flaws. Flips it rather than throws it. Makes targets work too hard. Sails throws that can end up in hands of a safety. At times, hesitates to challenge safeties in the seam. Low release point leads to tipped passes. Underthrown deep balls allow cornerbacks to play the ball. Lacks touch over the heads of middle linebackers into intermediate pockets. Move accuracy on rollouts and scrambles is poor. Highly inaccurate with throws on the move throughout the 2017 season. On tape, Jackson usually stops going through his progressions after his second read–he then tucks the ball and runs it even if his other reads are open.
Bottom Line: Lamar Jackson is a quarterback, plain and simple. He may not be ready to take the field as a rookie as a full-time QB, but an NFL team should be able to utilize him in their offense in his first season. Athletes like this do not come around often, especially at the quarterback position.
Size: 6’3 200lbs
Draft Rank: No.3 QB
NFL Comparison: Mike Vick
Draft Projection: Round 1
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