Name: Lamar Jackson
40 Time: Awaiting Pro Day
Games Watched: 2016 – Virginia, Houston. 2017 – North Carolina, NC State, Florida State.
Lamar Jackson was a 4-star recruit out of high school. In his freshman year in 2015, Jackson finished second in the voting for the ACC Offensive Rookie of the Year and was named the ACC Rookie of the Week three times. In his sophomore season, Jackson really lit up. He was the Heisman Trophy winner and became the youngest player ever to win the Heisman Trophy. He also won the Davey O’Brien Award for the nation’s top quarterback and also won the Maxwell Award as the nation’s top football player. Jackson set ACC records for the most rushing yards by a quarterback (1,571) and rushing touchdowns by a quarterback (21). His Junior year in 2017, he finished third in the Heisman voting and earned second-team AP All-American, ACC Offensive Player of the Year, and first-team all-conference honours. His improving passing skills got him 3,660 yards, 27 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions.
Incredible athletic ability. Can make plays as a passer and as a runner. Experienced under center. Shows quick processing ability going through his reads. Instant release of the ball with a flick of the wrist. Very good arm, makes deep release look easy. Sees pressure in front of him and will react quickly to escape. Eludes pressure, can extend the play with his feet. If he is flushed out of the pocket, he will keep his eyes downfield for passing opportunities before looking to make a run. Has the speed and running back vision with the ball in his hands to be a home-run threat. Redzone threat as a runner. Accuracy has improved every season. Improved his poise in the pocket. Improved his touch on deep balls and shorter throws to the flat.
Narrow, lean frame with narrow hips and legs. Plays with a very narrow base. Still raw as a passer, could benefit from sitting and learning before making a NFL start. Footwork needs work when passing, needs to set his feet as he can be seen throwing whilst unbalanced and also on his back foot – causing accuracy issues. Lack of drive through lower body, mostly just the use of his arm. Still needs to work on anticipating routes and timing throws when the receiver breaks in his routes. Inconsistent deep ball throws, balls can be under or overthrown, risking interceptions. Needs to learn to slide when finishing his runs.
Lamar Jackson is still raw as a passer but offers a duel threat due to his super athleticism and running skills. He as shown improvements each year as a passer which is a good sign and could further improve becoming a solid quarterback.
1st-2nd round (projected possible top-15)
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Lamar Jackson scouting report.