Heading into the 2018 NFL Draft, one of the most intriguing prospects at the quarterback position is former Louisville star, Lamar Jackson.
The 20-year-old is a uniquely talented player with his ability to profoundly impact the game with both his legs and arm that has led to NFL Network’s Bucky Brooks to compare him to former Pro Bowl quarterback Michael Vick.
The next @MichaelVick? 👀
— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) February 12, 2018
Jackson is coming off a highly productive three-year career at Louisville where he earned several individual honors such as the 2016 Heisman Trophy winner, a two-time ACC Player of the Year, two-time ACC Offensive Player of the Year, selected to the First Team All-ACC twice, a Walter Camp award winner, and won the Maxwell Award. He also became the first player notch at least 3,500 passing yards and 1,500 rushing yards in back-to-back seasons. He also set the Louisville record for total offense (13,175 yards), rushing yards (4,132), rushing touchdowns (50) and total touchdowns (119).
His ability to be a game-changer with his arm and legs that have made the comparisons to Vick entirely reasonable to make. He may not have the same arm strength that Vick possessed, but his raw ability to be a dual threat with his legs could help him have success at the next level.
However, this will need him to find ways to utilize that ability best for him to have longevity in the NFL as previous players with that type of talent haven’t lasted long. He will also need to improve on his accuracy throwing the ball as he’s completed no greater than 59 percent in any of three collegiate seasons that could lead to the request of him consider changing positions to best maximize his skill set and athleticism.
Nonetheless, it’s clear that Jackson has the potential to become a superstar talent at the next level given the right opportunity presents itself to him.