The first thing I notice about Jackson is his frail frame. He needs to add bulk. This is especially true if he is going to continue running the ball as much as he does. His downfield accuracy (15+ yards) needs work. Jackson also misses too many wide-open throws. He tends to panic and leaves the pocket too early. This could be a by-product of a porous offensive line, but it is noticeable. Jackson also needs to clean up some of his mechanics. I saw him throw off of his back foot more than once. Against LSU, Jackson suffered from the “Shane Falco Quicksand Effect”. The more he struggled, the worse he got.


Lamar Jackson has unmatched speed and athleticism at the quarterback position. He can use this to escape from sticky situations. Jackson has a huge arm. He has the velocity to make the NFL throws necessary. His accuracy in the short-to-intermediate range is fine. 


It is very easy to see why Lamar Jackson would draw comparisons to former Virginia Tech great Michael Vick. Both of their strengths and weaknesses are very similar. Jackson needs to show improvement in his downfield accuracy to be considered a first round talent. More than anything else he needs to put on about twenty pounds. Jackson has the talent to be a top draft pick, but he needs to show he can fix his mechanics and add some bulk.



Lamar Jackson
Junior QB
6’2” 196

Career Stats:
365/656 (55.6%) 5,383 yards 42 TD 17 INT
423 attempts 2531 yards 32 TD

Today we look at one of the most electric players in this year’s draft class. Lamar Jackson came to Louisville as a four-star prospect from Boynton Beach HS (Pompano Beach, FL). He chose the Cardinals over Florida and Auburn. Jackson played in 12 games as a true freshman, starting eight games. In their bowl game that season against Texas A&M, he ran and threw for over 200 yards each. As a true sophomore, Jackson started every game. He became the first player in FBS history with 3300 yards passing and 1500 yards rushing in a season. Jackson rode that success to the Heisman Trophy.

2016: Florida State, Clemson, NC State, Virginia, LSU (Bowl Game)