Intentional Scouting: Lamar Jackson

Nate Geary and Mark Schofield analyze the former Heisman winner

Nate Geary
February 15, 2018 - 7:17 pm

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For the better part of two years, Lamar Jackson was the most dynamic player on the college football field in every game he played.

The 2016 Heisman Trophy winner is likely the most interesting prospect to be drafted since Michael Vick was drafted first overall in the 2001 NFL Draft. Interesting because many believe Jackson might be better-suited changing positions to maximize his incredible athleticism.

It’s not a difficult opinion to stumble across amongst some of the more respected NFL talent evaluators, old and current.

“I don’t think that Lamar, the Louisville kid’s in that discussion, in fact there’s a question that he may be, he might be a receiver,” said former Buffalo Bills and Indianapolis Colts general manager Bill Polian in September of 2017 on an appearance with former NFL wideout Keyshawn Johnson on ESPN LA

Jackson’s former head coach at Louisville Bobby Petrino shot back at Polian and others who have questioned the former Heisman winners’ ability to play quarterback at the next level in a piece on ESPN.com.

"There's no question he's a quarterback in the NFL, and he's a special, special player. I don't know who started that or why they did it, but it's ridiculous. ... They just need to come in and do their work, watch the video, see him, that's it. That's just talk. Do your work."

Jackson has also been frustrated with the narrative surrounding his game and has no intentions of changing positions anytime soon.

Connor Rogers (@ConnorJRogers) from Bleacher report joined Mark Schofield and I to discuss Lamar Jackson’s pro outlook. Take a listen to the latest edition of the Intentional Scouting Podcast:
 

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