The Cleveland Browns have a crucial decision in front of them with the first overall pick in this year's draft. The front office has recently ramped up their efforts in assessing what direction the franchise will head with that selection, and their many others, later this month.
The Browns have brought in a few of the top quarterbacks in this year's class to get a better feel for what each brings to the table. According to Jordan Schultz of Yahoo Sports, this list now includes former Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson.
Per source, Lamar Jackson is now officially on the docket to visit the #Browns in Cleveland.
— Jordan Schultz (@Schultz_Report) April 3, 2018
This will mark the first time that the Browns have brought in Jackson in the pre-draft process, as much of their attention has been centered on the four other top players at the position (Sam Darnold, Josh Allen, Josh Rosen, and Baker Mayfield) that will be available. During this time, the 21-year-old has been viewed below those four heading into the draft.
There are concerns about his throwing ability in terms of his accuracy and being able to throw from within the pocket. Jackson struggled to prove himself as an accurate passer throughout his collegiate career, as he completed no greater than 59.1 percent of his throws with an average of 57.0 percent completion rate.
However, it's hard to overlook his overall production in his three-year career at Louisville where he was a legitimate dual-threat quarterback. He became the first player notch at least 3,500 passing yards and 1,500 rushing yards in back-to-back seasons. Jackson also set the Louisville record for total offense (13,175 yards), rushing yards (4,132), rushing touchdowns (50), and total touchdowns (119). This helped him earn numerous individual honors such as the 2016 Heisman Trophy, two ACC Player of the Year awards, two ACC Offensive Player of the Year honors, a spot on the First Team All-ACC twice, a Walter Camp award, and the Maxwell Award.
It is unlikely that Jackson is selected by the Browns with either the first or fourth overall picks, but it does show that his draft stock is trending upward. This could mark just the beginning of several visits with teams at the top of the first round looking to add a quarterback.