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Lamar Jackson Draft Profile/Scouting Report

LAMAR JACKSON – “ACTION JACKSON”

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Harun’s 2018 NFL Draft Guide

Lamar Jackson is fresh off one of the most outstanding college football careers in recent memory, including a Heisman trophy winning season in 2016. Will that success carry on to the pros? (Photo Credit/Jamie Rhodes, USA Today Sports)

Position: QB (#2 ranked)

Height: 6’3″

Weight: 216

Class: Junior

Date of Birth: February 7, 1997 (Age 21)

 

COMBINE RESULTS (* indicates top performer)

40 yard dash

Bench press

Vertical jump

Broad jump

3 cone drill

20 yard shuttle

 

Statistics/Overview 

  • 2015: 12 games – 135/247 (54.7%), 1,840 yards, 12 TDs, 8 INTs; 163 carries, 960 yards (5.9 ypc), 11 TDs
  • 2016: 13 games – 230/409 (56.2%), 3,543 yards, 30 TDs, 9 INTs; 260 carries, 1,571 yards (6 ypc), 21 TDs
  • 2017: 12 games – 254/430 (59.1%), 3,660 yards, 27 TDs, 10 INTs; 232 yards, 1,601 (6.9 ypc), 18 TDs

“Florida native. Three-star recruit according to ESPN. Undeclared major. Started 8 of 12 games as a freshman. Started all 13 games played as a sophomore. Voted  a team captain for the 2017 season. Father, Lamar Jackson Sr. died in a car accident when he was a child. Mother is very private and doesn’t give interviews. Named to the 2017 Wuerffel Trophy watch list for his active role in community volunteering.” -Jessie Fritsch (Twitter: @calhounlambeau)

SCOUTING REPORT

Strengths Plenty of arm talent. Flashes arm strength, touch, and accuracy to make an impact on vertical routes. Can fire with serious velocity, assisting in throwing into smaller window. Otherworldly athleticism. Game-breaking potential with incredible speed and elusiveness when taking off or evading defenders in the pocket. Deadly weapon in the open field; extremely sudden and effortless in change of direction. Feisty player at the end of runs, lowering his shoulder and bouncing off defenders. Poised when throwing on the move. Keeps eyes up when facing the rush and looks to make passes downfield. Makes magic happen extending the play, showcasing excellent passing ability off-platform. Excellent passer underneath and up the seam. Good placement and anticipation between the hashes. Puts the ball out in front of receivers over the middle giving them opportunities to gain yardage after the catch. Makes smart decisions with the football. Rarely forces throws or puts the football in harm’s way.

Weaknesses Mechanically unrefined. Mostly generates power from arm and throws from narrow base. Does not transferring weight well through motion and awkward follow through. Fails to consistently align feet with his target, particularly towards the sideline, routinely resulting in overthrows. Mechanical issues pop up when faced with pressure up the middle; tendency to lose composure and structural and mechanical integrity in these situations. Could work to gain 5-10 pounds if he continues to absorb hits.

Grade 92 (Mid 1st Round)

Pro Comparison Cam Newton

Summary Many will overlook Jackson due to his thin build and worry that he may not translate due to run first tendencies. Watching his film says otherwise. Jackson displays the talent as a passer and ability to use his legs as a weapon to extend plays and run. He is a twitchy and athletic freak with speed and quickness that would be elite for any position. An enormous ceiling quarterback with the skill set that Lamar Jackson possesses cannot be overlooked; he has the tools to be a franchise QB.

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