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Lamar Jackson | Quarterback

Team: Louisville Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (21) / 1/7/1997
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 211

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Former Louisville QB Lamar Jackson was named the male ACC Athlete of the Year.
Jackson has departed our fair college game to try his luck at the pro level with the Baltimore Ravens, but earned himself one more honor for his work with Louisville on Thursday. Voted upon by 96 media members, there are two ACC Athlete of the Year awards, one for the male standout in the conference -- Jackson -- and one for the female standout in the conference, in this case Notre Dame basketball star Arike Ogunbowale. Lamar finished out his final season in a Cardinals' uniform throwing for 3,660 yards (59.9-percent completions) with a 27/10 TD/INT ratio while rushing for 1,601 yards and 18 ground scores. Jul 5 - 4:46 PM
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Sports Illustrated's Andy Benoit assigned the Baltimore Ravens a "B-" grade for their draft.

Benoit writes of the team's addition of Louisville QB Lamar Jackson with the No. 32 pick, "This torch could be passed (from Joe Flacco to Jackson) earlier than expected given the abundance of Ravens coaches who are familiar with a Jackson-friendly type of offense." He found that selection intriguing while also singling out the addition of TE Hayden Hurst (whom they drafted seven picks before Jackson), noting that Hurst's all-around skill-set brings more to the offensive table than that of more block-centric tight ends Nick Boyle and Maxx Williams currently on roster. What prevents Baltimore from receiving a higher grade, in his estimation, is that the team did almost nothing to address the front seven. That might not hurt in the short term, but Benoit points to the fact that five members of that front seven are in the final years of their contracts this upcoming season. He concludes that "if their offensive overhaul goes well, that’s a small price to pay."
Apr 29 - 12:20 PM

Ravens traded up with the Eagles to select Louisville QB Lamar Jackson with the No. 32 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

The Ravens gave up the No. 52 and No. 125 picks as well as a 2019 second-rounder to land their quarterback of the future. It's a fitting sendoff for GM Ozzie Newsome, who is stepping down after this year. Jackson (6’2/216) followed his Heisman-winning sophomore year with a prolific 2017, averaging 6.9 yards per carry with 18 rushing TDs and tacking nearly three percentage points onto his completion rate (56.2 to 59.1) despite having 8.6% of his passes dropped, most among this year’s top QB prospects. Jackson’s ball location is inconsistent, but he offers highlight-reel playmaking ability as a runner and plus-armed passer with underrated pocket management and a pro-style background in Bobby Petrino’s offense. As a game-breaking dual threat, Jackson will need a commitment from his coaching staff to build its offense around him rather than change Jackson’s game to fit "their scheme." This is the first time since 1999 that five quarterbacks have gone in the first round.
Apr 26 - 11:47 PM

Bleacher Report lead scout Doug Ferrar is reminded of former NFL QB Randall Cunningham when watching tape of Louisville QB Lamar Jackson.

When I watch Lamar Jackson, I think about the Philly version of Randall Cunningham who blew the league up with his athletic skill, writes Ferrar. "Then I think about the Minnesota version of Randall Cunningham who grew into an offense. And I hope Lamar can do that." It's a solid comp for Jackson, and it's a good example of how players can, in fact, grow with appropriate coaching.
Apr 26 - 5:05 PM

FanRag Sports draft analyst Jon Ledyard believes that teams are "motivated" to trade up for Louisville QB Lamar Jackson.

Ledyard cites the Chargers, Cardinals and Patriots as teams that could trade up to take Jackson, and in his mock draft, he projects the Chargers to trade up to the 13th pick with Washington to draft the former Heisman Trophy winner. Jackson's stock has been in flux for what seems like a year now, but it's more and more likely that the dynamic playmaker will go in the first 32 picks.
Apr 26 - 4:00 PM

Charlie Campbell of Walter Football reports that the Bills are not considering Louisville QB Lamar Jackson.

Campbell reports that the Bills are are going to go "all out" for a quarterback on Thursday, but that Jackson isn't one of the signal-callers they'd consider a move up for -- or draft if they stay put. "The order I hear the Bills have the quarterbacks rated is Sam Darnold, Josh Allen, Josh Rosen and then Baker Mayfield," writes Campbell. "However, Buffalo likes all four of those signal-callers and they are all potential targets for the Bills depending on how they come off the board."
Apr 26 - 12:05 PM

The Saints placed calls about a potential "big leap" up from No. 27, according to Ian Rapoport.

It would only make sense for a quarterback, top corner or edge rusher. The Saints do not have a second round pick after trading for Alvin Kamara last year, so a trade up would involve their 2019 first round pick.
Apr 26 - 10:27 AM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compares Louisville QB Lamar Jackson to former NFL QB Michael Vick.

Obvious comp is obvious, but that doesn't make it any less accurate. As Zierlein notes, Jackson has "rare speed and athleticism" for the position, but he can also drive the football with velocity while also putting "feathery" touch on the deep ball. Zierlein also notes that there will have to be significant changes to his footwork, and he needs to improve his pocket awareness. Jackson will probably need to sit for a year as a "redshirt," but the upside provided by his legs and arms is quite palpable.
Apr 25 - 3:35 PM

Around the NFL's Jeremy Bergman reports Lousville QB Lamar Jackson would "love" to play for the Patriots.

Jackson also added he would "love for any team to trade up" and select him. He has visited with the Patriots twice in the draft process including a private workout with OC Josh McDaniels and an official visit in Foxborough. The Patriots have picks No. 23 and 31 making it likely they would have to trade up to select Lamar Jackson. Given Tom Brady's age and the Patriots' quarterback depth we believe it's likely the Patriots make a move up the board come draft day to select one of the top five quarterbacks.
Apr 25 - 1:33 PM

NFL Media's Tom Pelissero interviewed one anonymous Offensive Coordinator who said Louisville's Lamar Jackson "will not be able to play (quarterback) in this league, mark my words."

"When he throws, he hopes," the coordinator concluded. Pelissero's piece is outstanding, and you should check it out. Jackson checks in as the fifth quarterback. "They had a progression-based offense. You can see it. But then, when you talk to him, he can't verbalize it for you," a quarterback coach added, anonymously.
Apr 25 - 10:01 AM

FanRag Sports draft analyst Jon Ledyard doesn't expect the Saints to be "aggressive" with selecting a quarterback.

In other words, Ledyard doesn't expect the Saints to draft a quarterback in the first round at this point. He expects the Saints are targeting a specific player, and they expect him to be available with their first-round pick. He also notes that the player isn't a quarterback. We've heard Arkansas C Frank Ragnow attached to the Saints as of late, and we wonder if that could be the player they're targeting with the 27th selection.
Apr 23 - 9:17 PM

An NFL scout told Bob McGinn Football that NFL defensive coordinators will be "scared to death" to face Louisville QB Lamar Jackson.

"The dynamic athletic ability doesn’t even need to be talked about," the scout said. "What he doesn’t get enough credit for is the type of passer he is and the (pro-style) system he runs. When he’s in the pocket he stays in the pocket." Another evaluator who dished on Jackson with McGinn doesn't see matters in quite the same light when it comes to the signal-caller's standing as a passer, telling him that "[h]e’s a one-read guy, his accuracy is inconsistent and he holds the ball forever." NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported earlier on Monday that Jackson had an official predraft visit with the Patriots two weeks ago and that New England was "intrigued and impressed." Jackson is heading toward a likely top-20 selection on Thursday.
Apr 23 - 3:09 PM

NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport reports that Louisville QB Lamar Jackson had an official predraft visit with the New England Patriots two weeks ago.

The final official visits to NFL teams took place last Wednesday, but this Jackson trip to the Patriots had been previously unreported. Per Rapoport, New England came away "intrigued and impressed" by their meeting with the dynamic young quarterback. There seems to be much momentum toward Jackson landing as a top-20 pick at this juncture and the Patriots -- sitting at No. 23 -- are in a prime position (should they truly be gunning for the signal-caller) to either wait him out or potentially move up if it becomes clear that they'll need to jump a few teams to procure Jackson's services.
Apr 23 - 12:14 PM's Mike Mayock believes that Louisville QB Lamar Jackson could be a fit for the New Orleans Saints.

Mayock notes that Saints coach Sean Payton is a "forward thinker," but that it would require some scheme changes in order for him to fit. This would be one of the more interesting landing spots for Jackson, as it would allow him to sit and learn behind one of the best to ever play the position in Drew Brees, and also would allow him to possibly play in some "special" packages. That might be the perfect way for Jackson to enter the NFL, but it will mean New Orleans has to ignore some other needs in order to take him. Keep in mind they don't have a second-round pick after the trade for Alvin Kamara.
Apr 20 - 7:02 PM

ESPN's Jordan Raanan passes along that he's talked with "more than a few sources" who "really like" Louisville QB Lamar Jackson.

Raanan believes that five quarterbacks will be drafted within the first 20 picks -- those five presumably being Josh Allen, Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen, Baker Mayfield and Jackson. Should matters play out in that fashion, with a flurry of quarterbacks taken early, that would open the door to the real possibility that we see six quarterbacks off the board by the end of Day 1, as Mason Rudolph or Kyle Lauletta could end up sneaking in just simply due to positional scarcity. All drafts are hyped up, but we suspect this one might have enough twists and turns to make M. Night Shyamalan proud.
Apr 20 - 2:04 PM