Rankings

Player Display Name: 
Lamar Jackson

Quarterback
School: Louisville | Conference: ACC
HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6-2 / 216 | 40: 4.45 | DRAFT YR:2018

Rankings

Grade
4.43
Projected Round
1st
Bio: 
Three-year starter who earned First Team All-ACC honors and completed 59.1 percent of his passes for 3,660 yards, 27 touchdowns and 10 interceptions as a junior. Added 1,601 yards and 18 scores on the ground. Became the youngest player to win the Heisman Trophy in 2016 when he completed 56.2 percent of his passes and combined for 5,114 yards of total offense and 51 touchdowns. Started eight games as a true freshman and completed 54.7 percent of his passes for 1,840 yards and 12 touchdowns, adding 960 yards and 11 scores as a rusher.
Pos: 
Incredibly athletic quarterback who must improve his passing. Patient, shows good pocket discipline and does not leave the pocket unnecessarily. Elusive, shows himself to be an escape artist and can improvise when plays break down. Easily eludes the rush, gets outside the pocket and keeps his eyes downfield. Loses nothing throwing on the move, has a strong arm and delivers bullets to pass catchers. Senses the rush and sidesteps defenders to buy time. Does an outstanding job selling ball fakes, has a tight throwing motion and gets the ball through small windows. In tune with his receivers, goes to secondary targets and takes the safe underneath outlet if nothing else is available. Throws with a three-quarters delivery and has a quick release. Creative ball carrier who shows the ability to make defenders miss and displays burst. Beats defenders around the edge and can run to daylight.
Neg: 
Has a small frame and cannot withstand the rush. Needs to improve his pass placement, as receivers work too hard to make receptions even when wide open. The further down the field or out to the flanks he throws the ball, the less accurate he is.
Analysis: 
Jackson was tremendously productive at the college level and showed improvement as a passer over the last two seasons. He lacks great size and is not a quarterback for everyone, but with patience and proper coaching, he has starting ability at the next level.