Louisville QB Lamar Jackson declares for the NFL Draft
The 2018 NFL Draft class just got much deeper at the quarterback position as Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackon has announced his decision on Friday morning to forgo his senior year and enter the draft through his Twitter account.
— Lamar Jackson (@Lj_era8) January 5, 2018
The 20-year-old put together a highly three-year productive collegiate career that saw him numerous accolades such as being 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.
Jackson proved to be a dynamic quarterback with both his arm and legs over the last two years become the first player in college football history to notch at least 3,500 passing yards and 1,500 rushing yards in back-t0-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).
Despite falling short for the Heisman this season, Jackson put together another impressive campaign throwing for 3,660 yards with 27 touchdowns while rushing for 1,601 yards with 18 touchdowns. This wraps up what has been a highly productive collegiate career that could make him a high selection in the 2018 NFL Draft.
The early projections currently have him as being one of the top players available at his position. He has several questions concerning his accuracy as a passer completing no greater than 59 percent in any of his three collegiate seasons while some see him needing to switch positions to best maximize his skill set and athleticism.
Jackson may see his stock rise with several teams at the top of the draft board such as the Denver Broncos, Cleveland Browns, New York Giants, and New York Jets all in the market at this point for a quarterback. He could have some major positive impact on his draft projections if he can put together a strong Pro Day workout and experience at the pre-draft workouts at the combine.