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NFL draft analyst Chad Reuter listed Louisville QB Lamar Jackson as one of his 10 "boom or bust" prospects.

"n my mind, Jackson is worthy of a first-round selection," Reuter writes. "He has a strong arm, is a tenacious leader, and obviously has elite running ability to make defenses pay for playing straight-up man coverage." Other analysts aren't so high on the 2016 Heisman winner, and some have gone so far as to say he profiles best as a wide receiver because of concerns about his accuracy. Still, many have compared Jackson to Michael Vick, and if just one team sees that kind of talent in the former Louisville star, he's going to go in the first round. You have to at least acknowledge some of the volatility, however.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 23 - 9:29 PM

Former NFL QB Michael Vick referred to Louisville QB Lamar Jackson as "a spitting image of me."

Vick appeared on the 'Move the Sticks' podcast this week and had plenty to say on Jackson, who has received his fair share of "right-handed Michael Vick" comps as he preps for the spring draft. Vick is down for those comps. What he's not down for? Talk of Jackson shifting to receiver. Explained the former athletic star, "... for anybody to say Lamar Jackson is a receiver, I don't think they understand the quarterback position." Former Colts GM Bill Polian made waves earlier this week when he said that the 6-foot-3, 205-pounder was "too short" to play quarterback. We find this patently absurd, though it does add at least the slightest bit of intrigue to measurements at next week's NFL Scouting Combine.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 23 - 10:42 AM

ESPN's Mel Kiper believes Louisville T Geron Christian could be a top 32 pick.

"I'm anticipating Christian to get a lot of buzz at the combine," Kiper writes. "He's going to be a riser after he shows his athleticism in drills." Christian has held down a tackle spot for 39 straight games dating back to his freshman year. The position is obviously a bit cloudy as we head into the combine, with even top names like Connor Williams and Mike McGlinchey earning mixed reviews.
Source: ESPN
Feb 22 - 10:19 AM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compared Louisville CB Jaire Alexander to Detroit Lions CB Teez Tabor.

"Twitchy and quick, Alexander is an instinctive cornerback with the ability to anticipate routes and the quickness to close on throws and make plays on the ball," Zierlein writes. He stamps the 5-foot-11, 192-pound corner with a Day 2 grade. Part of the analyst's hesitation in offering a loftier projection for Alexander is that knee and wrist injuries sustained in 2017 muddy the waters a bit, not only in terms of a limited tape study but also in terms of questions regarding the corner's durability. Concluded Zierlein, "When healthy, he has the potential to become a second cornerback, but teams may view him as a full time nickel cornerback (which would help him to) avoid the rigors of excessive run support."
Source: NFL.com
Feb 20 - 1:52 PM

Appearing on ESPN Radio's Golic and Wingo show, former NFL GM Bill Polian called Louisville QB Lamar Jackson "too short" to play quarterback.

This is not the first time that Polian has called Jackson something other than a quarterback. He has repeatedly called the 2016 Heisman Trophy a wide receiver, albeit a dynamic one. He doubled down on those comments on Monday. "Exceptional athlete, exceptional ability to make you miss, exceptional acceleration, exceptional instincts with the ball in his hands, and that’s rare for wide receivers," Polian said. "This guy is incredible in the open field. But again, short, and a little bit slight, and clearly, clearly not the thrower the other guys are. The accuracy isn’t there." We don't agree with Polian's views -- even if they are sort of a backhanded compliment to Jackson -- but an NFL team might be very tempted to see what he could do as a skill-position player. We'll see.
Source: SB Nation
Feb 19 - 1:15 PM

Louisville received a verbal commitment from previously uncommitted three-star 2019 WR Demontae Crumes.

Crumes also had an offer from Memphis, but chooses to pledge with the Cardinals. he ranks as the ninth best player from the state of Kentucky on 247 Sports composite rankings, and the 103rd best wide receiver in the class overall.
Feb 19 - 12:47 PM

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


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