Rumor: Lamar Jackson could end up with the Jaguars
The Jacksonville Jaguars have indicated that they will move forward with quarterback Blake Bortles for the 2018 NFL season. That said, they have not ruled out the prospect of bringing in another quarterback for him to compete with.
Fortunately, the 2018 NFL Draft is chalk-full of young gunslingers looking to take that next step. Among the names on the Jaguars’ radar is Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson, according to ESPN’s Mike DiRocco:
The team appears ready to stick with Blake Bortles for 2018 — though there has been nothing definitive — and will work on adding better playmakers at receiver and tight end. But Bortles will have to improve on what he did in 2017 — with a 60.2 completion percentage and 21 touchdowns to 13 interceptions — for the team to consider him the long-term answer. They’ll draft a QB in the first or second round — Lamar Jackson seems to be the name that comes up the most in mock drafts — and let him compete with Bortles throughout the offseason.
Despite having one of the most decorated college careers of any player in the draft, he is usually not a name that is discussed among the top quarterback prospects coming up. That could be why Jacksonville is confident they can take him late in the first round as they currently own the 29th overall pick.
Needless to say, the addition of Jackson would fortify what was the league’s most productive running game in the 2017 NFL season. Furthermore, it could give the Jaguars another possible option under center should Bortles not pan out to be the franchise quarterback they had hoped he would be.