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Pro Football Focus's Steve Palazzolo believes that the narrative that Louisville QB Lamar Jackson can't work through progressions is false.

This is one of the most common -- and in our opinion, laziest -- narratives about Jackson, and it's good to hear someone like Palazzolo put it to rest, so to speak. "Jackson has no problem sitting in the pocket and surveying the field," he writes. "In fact, he had the second-highest percentage of passes in which he got to a second/third read in the class, and he had the fourth-highest accuracy percentage among the 10 quarterbacks with advanced charting." Palazzolo also notes that the myth that Jackson just "scrambles around" is incorrect, too, as 73 percent of his rushing yards came on designed run plays. We hope NFL teams are paying attention to this, because it seems most of the negatives on Jackson are based on borderline false information.
Apr 17 - 10:17 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline passes along that while most teams have Iowa CB Josh Jackson ranked as the second-best corner in the class, there are some who prefer Louisville CB Jaire Alexander.

It's a race for the silver medal, here, as Ohio State's Denzel Ward stands as the consensus No. 1 at the position. Pauline goes so far as to say he's "hands down" the best corner in the draft. All told, the analyst sees eight cornerbacks flying off the board by the time we hit the midway point of the second round.
Apr 17 - 1:23 PM

Louisville QB Lamar Jackson is taking an official predraft visit to the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport coming in with this one. The Bengals had been sitting at No. 12, which would have probably been around the edge of his draft range on the higher end. After trading down with the Bills, though, Cincy now holds the No. 21 selection, which we feel is very much in his realistic range. Rotoworld's Thor Nystrom ranks Jackson as his No. 2 quarterback prospect in this class, trailing only Josh Rosen. The Louisville gunslinger will be on hand for the draft in Dallas come next Thursday.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 16 - 4:35 PM

NDT Scouting's Jonah Tuls compares Louisville CB Jaire Alexander to Denver Broncos CB Chris Harris Jr.

Tuls has Alexander (5'11/193) as the fourth-best player on his top 300 Big Board and said he "checked every box that I look for in a cover corner." Explaining his ranking and comparison, Tuls said "He can play press man, off man, different variances of zone coverage, come up in run support, attack the ball in the air, and stay attached on the hip pocket. The way he is able to close separation and make plays on a consistent basis in either man or zone from either the outside or the slot is what reminds me of Chris Harris Jr." Alexander produced an athletic composite score in the 91st percentile among all cornerbacks at the NFL combine and has seen his draft stock rise since then. He most recently visited the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and will probably be one of the first two corners off the board in the NFL draft.
Apr 15 - 4:23 PM

NFL.com writer Adam Rank believes the Dolphins should take Louisville QB Lamar Jackson with the 11th pick.

Keep in mind that this is NOT a mock draft, but rather what Rank thinks the Dolphins SHOULD do. We've heard the Dolphins connected to lots of quarterbacks in the mock-draft season, but L-Jax isn't one of them -- at least not in the first. "Trust me: You go Lamar Jackson here,"Rank writes. "You know, the guy who passed for 9,000 yards in college -- and also had more rushing yards than [Penn State RB Saquon]Barkley."
Source: NFL.com
Apr 14 - 4:58 PM

NFL Draft Scout's Rob Rang reports that there are some scouts who question Lamar Jackson's intelligence.

"Look, there is no getting around it, the question with (Jackson) is intelligence," a scout told Rang. "We all know what a remarkable athlete he is and that (Bobby) Petrino’s offense asks the quarterback to do some tough things, but you’re making quite a commitment with (Jackson). The entire offense is going to be built around him, so the owner, coaches and players already on the roster are going to have to buy in." Okay, then. Rang projects Jackson to go 15th to the Cardinals in his latest mock draft, but if there are truly questions about his football IQ, he could slide into Day 2. We think that's a tremendous -- and silly -- mistake.
Apr 14 - 12:14 PM

Bleacher Report's Mike Freeman passes along word from a source that the Patriots are displaying the most interest in Louisville QB Lamar Jackson.

Bucky Brooks made an interesting point to the media on Wednesday, stating Bill Belichick witnessed Deshaun Watson's rookie season and might have told himself "I want a quarterback like that." The Patriots now have two first-round picks. We know they will select a quarterback in the top three rounds, the question is in what round or even if they move up for one.
Apr 12 - 11:44 AM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein believes that Louisville QB Lamar Jackson is the most underrated quarterback in the draft.

"The word 'elite' is thrown around quite haphazardly these days, but it's an apt description of Jackson's athletic ability," Zierlein writes. The analyst voiced his confusion over the fact that Jackson has yet to draw any sort of real top-10 or top-15 buzz and notes that Houston's ability to integrate Deshaun Watson into their offense last year despite his being a somewhat non-conventional quarterback is encouraging for Jackson's prospects so long as he lands with a team which understands how to best utilize his sky-high talents. Rotoworld's Thor Nystrom has been pounding the drum for the Louisville dynamo throughout the process, ranking him as his No. 2 quarterback in the class behind only UCLA's Josh Rosen.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 11 - 3:07 PM

NFL Media Draft Analyst Daniel Jeremiah believes that Louisville QB Lamar Jackson could be the replacement for Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger in time.

This is one that has picked up some steam as of late, as Jackson looks to have "solidified" himself as a late-first, early-second round selection. As Jeremiah writes: "I think Jackson would be too tempting to pass up if he's still available at No. 28. He has tremendous upside and you could sprinkle him into the offense this season to gain immediate value." We think it'd be fun to see Jackson in sub packages while he learns behind Big Ben, and he should be ready to take over whenever Roethlisberger calls it quits.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 9 - 10:35 PM

Draft Wire's Luke Easterling lists Louisville QB Lamar Jackson as the most underrated prospect at the quarterback position in the 2018 NFL Draft class.

As Easterling notes, Jackson is starting to get more and more first-round buzz, but the fact that it's taken this "long" is baffling. Easterling takes it a step further: "With his arm talent, athleticism, and experience in successfully executing a pro-style system, Jackson deserves to be firmly planted in the debate for this year’s top pick." That won't happen, but you can't help but wonder if a team picking high will regret passing on him in the first 10 selections.
Source: Draft Wire
Apr 9 - 9:37 PM

The Miami Herald's Armando Salguero relays that "[m]ultiple NFL scouts/personnel people" have told him that they believe Louisville QB Lamar Jackson will be selected in the first round later this month.

For most of the draft process, we've seen Jackson trumpeted as a borderline Day 1 prospect, but at this juncture there seems to be some steam behind the electric athlete being swept off the board before the second round. Reflecting the changing winds, both Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline and NFL Media's Bucky Brooks tagged Jackson as a first-round pick in recent mock drafts. The 6-foot-2, 216-pounder will be one of 22 players attending the NFL Draft in Dallas in just over two weeks' time.
Apr 9 - 4:00 PM

The NFL released a list of 22 players who will attend the 2018 NFL Draft in Dallas, Texas, later this month.

Four of the top five quarterback prospects in the class will be attending festivities in Josh Rosen, Sam Darnold, Josh Allen and Lamar Jackson. No Baker Mayfield, though, as he'll be watching the draft with friends and family. Among the notable non-quarterback names who are attending, Saquon Barkley, Roquan Smith, Kolton Miller, Marcus Davenport, Shaquem Griffen and Taven Bryant. There's not much to read into with this list -- which can be seen in its entirety at the source link -- though it does give a good idea of which players are generally confident that they'll be drafted relatively early. Griffin might not come off the board until Day 3, but is perhaps the feel-awesome story of the draft.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 5 - 6:55 PM

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are hosting Louisville CB Jaire Alexander for an official predraft visit on Thursday.

Hat tip to ESPN's Jenna Laine with this one. Alexander turned in a sharp combine -- testing in the 91st percentile of NFL corners, second only to Ohio State's Denzel Ward -- and has seen his stock on the steady rise during the evaluating season. NFL Media's Mike Mayock, for instance, bumped the Louisville standout from his No. 4 corner to his No. 2 corner following the combine (again trailing only Ward). The Buccaneers hold the No. 7 pick for later this month, probably a bit too rich for an Alexander selection unless they trade down. He's very much a candidate for the first round, regardless.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 5 - 3:18 PM

Louisville redshirt sophomore RB Dae Williams posted a picture to Instagram in which he is wearing a boot on his left foot.

Cardinals HC Bobby Petrino has been mum on this one and Williams was not listed on the injury report entering the spring. It's difficult to ascertain the exact severity of the issue -- while boots can sometimes signal that a player is mending up from a broken or fractured bone, they're often also worn as a stabilizing precaution for lesser injuries -- or to place any sort of an exact timetable on the 6-foot-1, 220-pound redshirt sophomore's return to action. After sitting out the first seven games of the 2017 season while rehabbing from a torn ACL sustained last spring, Williams went on to rush for 235 yards (6.2 YPC) and three touchdowns over the final six games of the campaign. He finished as the team's second-leader rusher behind Malik Williams (531 yards, four touchdowns). If Louisville can get all its running backs healthy -- in addition to Dae Williams' foot injury, Colin Wilson is still recovering from a torn ACL sustained in September -- they have the bodies to do damage.
Apr 4 - 5:55 PM

Louisville sophomore RB Colin Wilson (knee) remains limited.

Wilson (6'0/210) sustained a torn ACL in a win over Murray State at the end of this past September. It sidelined him for the remainder of the 2017 season. Prior to suffering that injury, he had seen six carries for 69 yards. We still like him as an intriguing prospect for interesting numbers this season -- he ranked as Rivals' No. 154 overall player in the 2017 class -- assuming he can completely recover from his lingering knee injury. There remains no definitive timetable for his return to full football activities.
Apr 4 - 5:41 PM


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