Lamar Jackson: 2018 NFL draft prospect
The 2016 Heisman Trophy Award winner, Lamar Jackson, returned to Louisville with homework from Louisville head coach Bobby Petrino. If Jackson does his homework, he’ll be a first rounder in the 2018 NFL Draft.
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- Currently #19 on the NFL Draft Board for 2018 NFL draft prospects.
- #4 quarterback on the NFL Draft Board of ranked offensive players, for now.
- Above average recruit out of high school. But not a top recruit.
- Outstanding freshman season at Louisville in 2015.
- Second place for ACC Rookie of the Year.
- ACC Rookie of the week three times.
- Started eight games at quarterback.
- Started at running back against Auburn.
- Sophomore season won Heisman Trophy Award.
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Coming out of high school
Came out of high school as a four star recruit. 247Sports ranked Lamar Jackson as the #13 dual threat quarterback. Scout.com ranked Jackson as the number eight quarterback in the country. Jackson turned down several offers including Florida State, Florida, Clemson, Auburn, Georgia, Oregon and Nebraska.
Lamar Jackson caught college football’s attention his freshman year. Jackson come just shy of being named the ACC Rookie of the Year.
His sophomore year he came out on fire racing to the top of the Heisman watch boards. Although he faded at the end of the season, so did other Heisman candidates.
Louisville lost its last two games to Houston and Kentucky. Jackson only completed 46.5% of his passes against Houston.
Spring Practice 2017
Lamar Jackson spent a lot of time during the winter being Mr. Heisman. When he got back Louisville head coach, Bobby Petrino, presented Jackson with a list of seven areas of his game needing improvement.
- Improve on progression reads
- Improve on sets in the pocket
- Improve on seeing the defense and understanding coverages
- Get better protected
- Get better at throwing the ball away
- Ball security
- Get to 100 percent on run reads
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2018 NFL draft potential
Right now Lamar Jackson is the number four quarterback on the NFL Draft Board. If Jackson can improve on the list Coach Bobby Petrino assigned him. Jackson could move up on the board.
But moving up on the NFL Draft Board is difficult for quarterbacks in the 2018 NFL draft.
Right now, there are two tiers of first round quarterbacks.
The top tier, USC’s Sam Darnold, UCLA’s Josh Rosen and Wyoming’s Josh Allen, currently occupy the number 1,3 and 5 positions of the NFL Draft Board.
The second tier, Lamar Jackson, Oklahoma State’s Mason Rudolph, Washington’s Jake Browning, and Auburn’s Jarrett Stidham, occupy the 19th, 20th, 21st and 24th position.
The 2018 NFL Draft is loaded with quarterbacks. Even the 2016 Heisman Trophy Award winner will be challenged to make the first round of the 2018 NFL draft.