Lamar Jackson


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By: Willie Lovato

The Pros:

  • Arm talent
  • Dual-threat QB
  • Elusive runner
  • Big-play ability
  • Ability to extend plays
  • Makes throws on the run
  • Dynamic athlete
  • Ability to make defenders miss in the open field

Legs - With a combined 3,172 yards on the ground over the past two seasons and 50 career rushing touchdowns, Lamar Jackson is the closest thing we have seen to Micheal Vick in terms of a running-threat QB. Not only does the former Heisman trophy winner have the speed to take it to the house at any point, but he also rushes with great vision and the ability to make the first (or more) guy miss.

 Lamar Jackson makes the first guy miss (badly) and shows off his speed and field vision for a huge gain

Lamar Jackson makes the first guy miss (badly) and shows off his speed and field vision for a huge gain

Arm Strength & Touch - Don't be suckered into the narrative that Lamar Jackson is just a runner. Jackson has the arm strength to make difficult throws look effortless and sometimes make up for his less than mechanically-sound tendencies. His ability to put the right touch on the ball (specifically deep) vastly improved in 2017 compared to 2016.

 Jackson showcases his touch here by putting the ball where only his receiver can get it. Great throw beats the great coverage on this play

Jackson showcases his touch here by putting the ball where only his receiver can get it. Great throw beats the great coverage on this play

 His deep-ball accuracy improved in 2017 from the year before. Jackson drops this ball in the PERFECT spot but reicever drops it.

His deep-ball accuracy improved in 2017 from the year before. Jackson drops this ball in the PERFECT spot but reicever drops it.

Ability to extend plays - Jackson's athletic ability allows him to extend plays when protection breaks down

 Jackson turns a negative play into a big gain by escaping pressure using his legs and firing a laser to a crossing reciever

Jackson turns a negative play into a big gain by escaping pressure using his legs and firing a laser to a crossing reciever

The cons:

  • Sloppy footwork at times
  • Small frame
  • Inconsistent short/intermediate accuracy
  • Puts body at risk often
  • Ball security

Footwork - Shows inconsistent footwork at times when protection breaks down, leading to poor base/inaccuracy when stepping into throws.

 Here is an example of Jackson making an off balance which causes his pass to sail. This is an easy completion if he steps into his throw

Here is an example of Jackson making an off balance which causes his pass to sail. This is an easy completion if he steps into his throw

 Here is another example of Jackson not maintaining a wide base leading into his throw. Improving his footwork will lead to fewer misses like this

Here is another example of Jackson not maintaining a wide base leading into his throw. Improving his footwork will lead to fewer misses like this

Ball Security - Decision making will be key on the next level to lower turnover ratio. Although Jackson only lost 10 fumbles in his three years at Louisville, he did fumble the ball 25 times in 38 career games.

 Nothing hurts a teams chances to win more than turnovers. Jackson will need to learn when to fight for an extra yard and when to get to the ground to lower the chance of a turnover

Nothing hurts a teams chances to win more than turnovers. Jackson will need to learn when to fight for an extra yard and when to get to the ground to lower the chance of a turnover

Size - Rushing ability combined with relatively small size (200 Lbs) create question marks as to if Jackson will be able to stay healthy on a consistent basis. His college career shows no signs of this being a concern, but it is worth noting due to his style of play.

summary:

Jackson might be the best dual-threat quarterback prospect ever. Due to that fact, I'd be surprised if he made it out of the first round. Even if he has to wait a few years behind an established starter, he will be drafted with the intent to grow into the start. Jackson will be a star in this league if he can become a more consistent passer from a mechanics standpoint.

Fantasy Impact:

If Jackson lands in the right hands he has all the upside to be a fantasy monster. Very few people have entered the league with the skill-set that he will. The 2016 Heisman Trophy winner matched up with the right offensive scheme could lead to a lot of fantasy points down the road. No quarterback has more fantasy upside than Jackson based on his ability to produce both with his arm and legs.