More and more people continue to weigh in on the debate over whether Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson will be able to translate his prodigious college success to the NFL.
NFL.com analyst Chad Reuter is among the camp that believes Jackson will be a star at the next level.
Reuter released a l ist of rankings of top 25 future NFL stars on Wednesday and slotted Jackson at No. 5. Reuter wrote that there is no doubt Jackson will be able to play quarterback at the next level, saying “he’s a passer.”
“He’s completed 60 percent of his passes this year for 25 touchdowns and six interceptions despite throwing to a maddeningly inconsistent receiver corps,” Reuter wrote. “Jackson stands in the pocket when the protection is there, and he throws with a quick delivery and very good velocity.”
Reuter put together a similar list midway through the college football season, which was released Oct. 16. Jackson came in at No. 10 on that list, with Reuter writing that Jackson’s skillset “might not be for everyone.”
While earning a top 5 spot in Reuter’s rankings — which includes players not yet eligible for this year’s draft, such as Houston defensive lineman Ed Oliver, ranked second on the list — indicates Jackson has impressed scouts in recent weeks, Jackson is still ranked behind three other quarterbacks (Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield, UCLA’s Josh Rosen and USC’s Sam Darnold) on the list.
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