Scouting Report: Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville

Pompano Beach, FL | 6015 | 205 | 4.44E | 2019

The Heisman Trophy winner took college football by storm in 2016, he will be eligible for the 2018 draft as a true junior and could parlay his recent success into a high first round draft grade with a big junior season. Jackson has dynamic straight line speed but also possesses elite change of direction ability and is an extremely creative runner. He is the product of a read option spread offense that is designed to put him in space as a runner but the kid also has legitimate arm strength as well as the ability to torque a ball and flat line a pass into a tight throwing lane. The real question marks for Jackson are downfield accuracy, ball placement and his ability to conform to a pro style offense which are valid but his rare athleticism could help mask any potential deficiencies. The popular comparisons have been to Michael Vick and while he may have similar speed, he’s not as fluid a mover as Vick was but Jackson definitely has the more accurate arm. Lamar Jackson would be successful in offensive schemes similar to Carolina or Buffalo, tailored made to get him in position to run early and often.

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2016: 2016 Heisman Trophy winner … became the youngest player ever to win the Heisman Trophy … won the Davey O’Brien Award for the nation’s top quarterback … also won the Maxwell Award as the nation’s top football player … voted the ACC Player and Offensive of the Year … first offensive player to be named a finalist for the Lombardi Award … set ACC records for the most rushing yards by a quarterback (1,571) and rushing touchdowns by a quarterback (21) … his rushing yards broke the school’s single-season rushing mark … Finished with 230 completions, on 409 attempts, with a 56.2 completion percentage, 30 touchdowns to nine interceptions and a passer rating of 148.8.

2015: Received an award for the “Best Championship Performance” at the school’s Louie Awards … finished second in the voting for the ACC Offensive Rookie of the Year… named the ACC Rookie of the Week three times … appeared in 12 games, making eight starts at the quarterback position … did start as a running back in the backfield versus Auburn.

High School: Played for Rick Swain at Boynton Beach High School… 4-star prospect in the state of Florida… rated the nation’s No. 8 dual-threat quarterback and the No. 31 player in Florida, according to 247Sports.com… rated the Sun Sentinel’s No. 5 prospect in Palm Beach County… was named to the Class 6A Florida All-State first team as a utility player… capped off his standout high school football career by winning Palm Beach County’s top honor after being named the Lou Groza Awards High School Player of the Year during a banquet at the Kravis Center… became the first Boynton Beach player to win the award, which has been handed out annually since 1992… team finished 9-2 and advanced to the Class 6A regional quarterfinals… finished the 2014 season with 1,293 passing yards and 20 touchdowns, and 1,039 rushing yards and 19 touchdowns… passed for 1,740 yards and 25 touchdowns and ran for 1,401 yards and 16 touchdowns as a junior.

Personal: Son of Felicia Jones … born 1/7/97… undecided major.

Joe Everett

Joe Everett is the Director of College Scouting for NFL Draft Bible, he is the Founder of DraftScouts.com, also the Lead Editor & Defensive Statistician for Insider Football and member of the PFWA & FWAA.

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