Former Cardinals coach Bruce Arians thinks Arizona should draft Lamar Jackson
Bruce Arians knew that the Arizona Cardinals needed a quarterback of the future back when he was still in charge. But he never found one he liked/wanted in the NFL Draft (at least not one he was ever in a position to acquire). Now that he’s gone, Arians thinks he sees his former team’s guy in the coming draft.
The former Cardinals head coach thinks they should take Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson.
“That’s one guy I really am intrigued with because he can spin it and he’s been in a pro-style offense and he’s been hard coached by Bobby [Petrino],” Arians said (via AZCentral). “He brings that unique skill-set, and it makes me look back at Vince Young. Vince could beat you and he was a heck of a leader….”
Vince Young didn’t pan out in the NFL and Arians recognizes that.
“…Listening to him [Vince Young] now, telling his story, he’s like, ‘I didn’t put the time in.’ I think Lamar puts the time in. He’s going to get better, and he just brings that unique ability to break the game open with his legs.”
Arians has coached some very good quarterbacks in his day like Carson Palmer, Andrew Luck, Ben Roethlisberger, and Peyton Manning. So, it is safe to say that he knows a thing or two about quality quarterbacks.
He never had a runner quite like Jackson, but maybe that’s what makes him so interested. In Jackson, not only does he see a guy he thinks can handle the pro system. He sees a guy who adds to it with his feet.