While there continues to be minor skepticism around former Louisville Heisman Trophy winning QB Lamar Jackson’s skill set to play at the pro level, he has continued to take the high road and just show what he can do.
That continued Thursday, when the Boynton Beach High School product was part of the Louisville pro day and certainly, he throwing ability should not be questioned any more, (if it ever seriously was).
Take a look:
— NFL (@NFL) March 29, 2018
Granted, this is a controlled workout, indoors, without helmet and pads, and most importantly, no defense. However, it’s definitely impressive to watch how effortlessly Jackson was “zinging” the ball 40-50 yards to receivers.
Now, as we referenced there is some skepticism, including ESPN NFL analyst and former Colts GM Bill Polian suggesting that Jackson should have worked out at receiver at last month’s NFL Scouting Combine.
We wrote at that time, that it was ridiculous considering his talent, and the fact that his size and arm demonstrate that he’s got just as good a shot, if not better because of mobility, as the other college QBs being touted for the early first round.
Furthermore, Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield is a much smaller player than Jackson, and almost all of the prominent the QBs who will be picked early in 2018. And, no one is suggesting that Mayfield try slot receiver in any of these workouts, because of it.
Back to Jackson.
There was some buzz Thursday, when it was learned that he would not be running the 40 yard dash at the pro day. Jackson did not run at the combine either.
However, he had a great answer to that and came off well defending his game and draft viability, when he spoke with the NFL Network’s Mike Mayock, who had been watching the workout:
— NFL (@NFL) March 29, 2018
We also love the tactic of Jackson pointing people to his game tapes at Louisville.
You know, when he actually competed and succeeded a bunch, against defenses?
To us at F.F.I., that’s bigger than a 40 time, or arm strength in drills.
We also know this: the Jaguars, who pick 29th, have to decide about their QB for the future, and the Dolphins may not get the QB they want at #11.
So Lamar Jackson in either Jacksonville or Miami (early second round) might make sense.
And he’s not doing anything to hurt those chances of being picked in round one or at the beginning of round two.
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