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Derek Carr calls NFL Draft prospect Lamar Jackson ‘a special talent’

Derek Carr and Lamar Jackson

When it comes to former University of Louisville star quarterback Lamar Jackson, the 21-year-old has a huge fan in Oakland Raiders Pro Bowl quarterback Derek Carr, according to an article written on Thursday by Paul Gutierrez of ESPN.

“I think in the right [situation] and with the right coaching, that he’s a special, special talent,” Carr said curing the Raiders’ voluntary minicamp practice. “Obviously, for any rookie there is going to be a lot to learn. But just talking to him a little bit, I think that he’s special. I think he can do a lot of damage, especially if teams want to play man [defense].”

During his three seasons at Louisville, the 2016 Heisman Trophy winner was one of the most memorable dual-threat quarterbacks that college football has ever seen. Jackson passed for 9,043 yards with 69 touchdowns, 27 interceptions while completing 57.0 percent of his passes and also rushed for 4,132 yards and 50 touchdowns on 655 attempts.

When asked about whether he would be paying extra close attention to where Jackson, he said he definitely would in addition to who the Raiders draft this weekend.

“Absolutely,” Carr said. “I love football. So, I’m just a fan. I absolutely take an interest in [the quarterbacks]. I think they’re all talented. I think they’re all going to be really good. I really love Lamar Jackson, though.”

In some mock drafts, Jackson will go from being a member of the Cardinals at the University of Louisville to being a first-round selection in this year’s draft at No. 15 overall with the Arizona Cardinals. Will he go that high, or will he end up slipping a bit into at least the second round like Carr did in 2014?