NFL Draft

#8
Lamar Jackson
Rating Yards TD
146.6 3660 27
Team: Louisville CardinalsHeight: 6-3 Born: 1/7/1997
Position: QBWeight: 211 Hometown: Boynton Beach, Florida
Class-Eligibility: Jr-Jr


Scouting Report

OVERVIEW

The numbers are tough to fathom: Consecutive 3,500-yard passing and 1,500-yard rushing seasons? Jackson was the first in college football history to achieve that feat. He was also the first underclassman to top 7,000 career passing yards and 3,000 career rushing yards.

Jackson ran away with the Heisman Trophy in 2016 with 3,543 passing yards, 1,571 rushing yards and 51 total touchdowns. And he surpassed several of his sophomore year numbers as a junior in 2017, finishing with 3,660 passing yards, 1,601 rushing yards and 45 total scores. Bottom line: he was a touchdown machine in college, averaging 3.7 per game after becoming the full-time starter as a sophomore.

ANALYSIS

The most electric quarterback prospect since Michael Vick, Jackson is an explosive athlete and moves at speeds that are noticeably different than everyone else on the field. It is easy to get excited about his highlight reel runs, leaving defenders in his dust. But NFL teams and their evaluations will focus more on his development as a passer, which is why there are so many varying opinions in the scouting community.

Jackson, who never reached 60-percent completions in any of his three seasons in college, has shaky body and base mechanics, which alter his tempo and accuracy as a passer. There are no questions about his arm strength, firing unforced fastballs with a simple throwing motion, but he is a very streaky downfield thrower, hitting his man in stride or missing by 10 yards (without much in between).

Jackson is a first-round athlete with impressive leadership skills, but it will take a creative offensive coordinator willing to open up the playbook to get the promising quarterback comfortable with the speed of the NFL.

PROJECTION

First round

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Career Passing Stats

Year Team G Cmp Att Comp % Yds Yd/A TDs Int Sacked Yds
2015 Lou  12 135 247 54.7 1840 7.4 12 8 26 186
2016 Lou  13 230 409 56.2 3543 8.7 30 9 46 330
2017 Lou  13 254 430 59.1 3660 8.5 27 10 29 160
Career   38 619 1086 57.0 9043 8.3 69 27 101 676

Career Rushing/Receiving Stats

Year Team G Rush Yds Yd/Rush TDs Rec Yds Yd/Rec TDs
2015 Lou  12 163 960 5.9 11 0 0 - 0
2016 Lou  13 260 1571 6.0 21 0 0 - 0
2017 Lou  13 232 1601 6.9 18 0 0 - 0
Career   38 655 4132 6.3 50 0 0 - 0

Career Defensive Stats

Year Team G Int Yds TDs
2015 Lou  12 0
2016 Lou  13 0
Career   38 0

Offensive Logs

  Passing Rushing Receiving
Date Opp Cmp Att Yds Pct TDs Int Long Car Yds Avg TDs Long Rec Yds Avg TDs Long
9/2/2017 @ Purdue 30 46 378 65.2 2 0 39 21 107 5.1 0 15 0 0 - 0 -
9/9/2017 @ UNC 25 39 393 64.1 3 0 75 19 132 6.9 3 43 0 0 - 0 -
9/16/2017 Clem 21 42 317 50.0 3 1 78 17 64 3.8 0 30 0 0 - 0 -
9/23/2017 KentSt 18 22 299 81.8 2 2 69 8 34 4.3 1 18 0 0 - 0 -
9/30/2017 Murray 18 26 249 69.2 3 0 57 7 100 14.3 1 30 0 0 - 0 -
10/5/2017 @ NCSU 26 47 354 55.3 1 1 65 19 73 3.8 2 17 0 0 - 0 -
10/14/2017 BC 19 39 332 48.7 2 1 48 22 180 8.2 3 41 0 0 - 0 -
10/21/2017 @ FlaSt 13 21 156 61.9 1 0 26 23 178 7.7 1 51 0 0 - 0 -
10/28/2017 @ Wake 27 44 330 61.4 1 1 26 27 161 6.0 3 55 0 0 - 0 -
11/11/2017 UVa 15 26 195 57.7 3 0 35 15 147 9.8 1 68 0 0 - 0 -
11/18/2017 Syr 14 26 270 53.8 2 0 72 12 111 9.3 2 43 0 0 - 0 -
11/25/2017 @ Kty 15 21 216 71.4 2 0 29 18 156 8.7 0 34 0 0 - 0 -
12/30/2017 @ MissSt 13 31 171 41.9 2 4 35 24 158 6.6 1 75 0 0 - 0 -
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