2016 Heisman Trophy Winner Lamar Jackson From The U Of Louisville
With the NFL Scouting Combine set to begin this week. All eyes will be on Indianapolis. It’s an opportunity for players to stand out and improve their draft stocks. A player with a great opportunity will be Heisman Trophy winner quarterback Lamar Jackson.
I know the chances of the Eagles drafting Jackson are slim to none, but dreaming doesn’t cost anything. If quarterback Nick Foles is traded and quarterback Carson Wentz isn’t ready for Week 1. Therefore, the birds will have to go to Nate Sudfeld. The former Heisman Trophy winner Jackson could be worth a look come April.
Jackson’s Louisville Career Was A Spectacular One
Jackson lit it up in his three seasons at Louisville. Winning the Heisman Trophy in 2016 as well as being the ACC offensive player of the year in 2016 and 2017. Each season Jackson improved his completion percentage as he finished 2017 with a 59.1 completion percentage.
During his Heisman Trophy-winning season, his pass completion percentage was just 56.2 percent. His career pass completion percentage has made many scouts think Jackson should switch to wide receiver. But Jackson has proven he has what it takes to play quarterback.
In 2017 Jackson showcased excellent pocket awareness throughout the year, throwing for 3,660 passing yards and 27 touchdowns. He also showed the willingness to progress through his reads and make accurate throws. Let’s not forget about his ability to run. Jackson totaled 1,601 rushing yards and 18 rushing touchdowns.
Jackson is considered the “complete package.” Jackson left Louisville as the all-time leading rusher and leader in rushing touchdowns. He also broke the school’s record for most total yards by a player in only three seasons.
— Samuel Gold (@SamuelRGold) February 25, 2018
From Louisville To Philadelphia? You Never Know
Jackson has demonstrated that he can scramble and throw the ball as a quarterback. The Eagles indeed have some history with mobile quarterbacks like Jackson. If the Eagles do draft Jackson, they’d be gaining a dynamic playmaker with game-breaking ability.
While it’s not sure if he will have to switch to receiver, it is worth noting that Jackson did start one game at running back while at Louisville. In that one game back in 2015, against Auburn Jackson rushed for 106 yards and a touchdown.
Again while it is unlikely it would be very fascinating should the Eagles take a look into drafting Jackson. Jackson has a slim build and runs aggressively. In the NFL he will have to protect himself but if he stays healthy the sky is the limit.
Jackson is the first player in FBS history to pass for over 3,000 yards and run for 1,000 yards in back to back seasons. Wherever Jackson ends up the former Heisman Trophy winner will undoubtedly put on a show.
— LouisvilleFootball (@UofLFootball) April 18, 2017
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