Ex-GM Bill Polian says Heisman Trophy-winning QB Lamar Jackson should switch to wide receiver
Heading into the 2018 NFL Draft, one of the most intriguing prospects that will be on the board is former Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson.
There have been plenty of questions about whether the former Heisman Trophy winner can still be an effective player at the next level. During an interview on ESPN’s “Golic and Wingo” on Monday morning, Hall of Fame front office executive Bill Polian voiced his opinion that Jackson will need to change positions to wide receiver. (h/t Will Brinson of CBS Sports)
“I think wide receiver. Exceptional athlete. Exceptional ability to make you miss. Exceptional acceleration. Exceptional instinct with the ball in his hand — and that’s rare for wide receivers,” Polian said. “[Antonio Brown] and who else? Name me another one who’s like that. Julio [Jones]’s not like that. This guy is incredible in the open field. Great ability to separate. Short and a little bit slight and clearly, clearly not the thrower the other guys are.
“The accuracy isn’t there. Don’t wait to make that change. Don’t be like the kid from Ohio State [Terrelle Pryor] and be 29 when you make that change.”
Polian is one of the most well-respected former front office executives around the league with his success during his time with both the Buffalo Bills and Indianapolis Colts. However, there are some discrepancies with his analysis as Jackson isn’t short by any means being listed at 6-foot-3 and has some size to him at 211 lbs.
The 21-year-old does have some needed improvement in his accuracy completing no greater than 59 percent of his passes, he has shown the ability to impact the game with his legs. This has drawn the comparison to Michael Vick because of how effective he is as a runner with his elusiveness and quickness.
This helped him become the first player to record at least 3,500 passing yards and 1,500 rushing yards in back-to-back seasons. He also set the Louisville records for total offense (13,175 yards), rushing yards (4,132), rushing touchdowns (50) and total touchdowns (119).
There will be those that voice doubt in his ability to be an effective quarterback in the NFL, but this won’t be truly answered unless he gets a shot to prove himself at the next level.