Former Louisville Cardinals quarterback Lamar Jackson has a Heisman Trophy to his name and made another trip to New York City as a finalist in 2017, yet he enters the 2018 NFL Draft as one of the biggest points of contention among pundits.
With elite speed and elite arm strength, Jackson offers up enormous upside for interested parties. However, questions about his accuracy and the complexities of the Louisville offense (which appear to be rather unfounded) have soured his draft stock in the eyes of many.
But don’t count NFL Network’s Kyle Brandt among the many detractors. The Good Morning Football co-host defended Jackson with vigor on Monday morning during a discussion of the Louisville legend’s draft prospects.
“I am openly rooting for him,” Brandt said. “We’re supposed to be objective — I don’t care. I am rooting for Lamar Jackson, because what a couple of weeks this guy has had. He’s had to hear that he’s too short to play quarterback — he’s 6-foot-3. He’s had it said that he should move to wide receiver, which is ridiculous and even offensive.
“You can go into the films and go down the wormholes, but look at his pocket poise and look at him in the red zone. This is not Eric Crouch. This is not Scott Frost. This is not Pat White. Him moving to wide receiver is no more ridiculous than moving [Wyoming quarterback and 2018 NFL Draft prospect] Josh Allen to tight end.
“And I think Daniel Jeremiah’s hit it perfectly. His advice is that if anyone tells you that you need to move to wide receiver, tell them that you look forward to playing against them.”
— GMFB (@gmfb) February 26, 2018
And Brandt and Jeremiah are right. As a prospect, Jackson certainly comes with some risk, but that’s simply how drafting a quarterback works. Every quarterback available in this class with a first-round grade or near to it has clear and obvious flaws.
Jackson is a potential franchise-changing player and he could even be a league-changing player under the right circumstances. If you’re hung up on his completion percentage and don’t want to draft him, that’s fine, but the idea that he should be moved to wide receiver now without being given the chance is beyond asinine.
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