Lamar Jackson is the Rodney Dangerfield of the 2018 NFL combine, because he can’t get no respect. Jackson, a former Heisman Trophy winner who is considered a likely first- or second-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, is a quarterback.
And yet, multiple teams, according to a report from Peter Schrager of “Good Morning Football”, want Jackson to test at the combine as a wide receiver.
The logic here — of the request, not the report — is specious at best.
Essentially, because Jackson is fast and capable of ripping off explosive plays with the ball in his hands, teams are thinking he could potentially shift positions. Additionally factoring in: Jackson’s lack of accuracy, with the former Louisville quarterback completing just 59.1 percent of his passes.
These factors, along with Jackson’s “short” and “slight” frame, also led to former Colts GM before the draft.
All of it ignores a couple of things.
For starters, Jackson is currently a first- or second-round prospect. He’s going to go early in the draft … as a quarterback. If he switches to a position he’s never played before at the combine, it’s going to have a negative impact on his draft stock. Maybe he still ends up going high as a QB/WR combo or
Article source: https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/2018-nfl-combine-multiple-teams-reportedly-ask-lamar-jackson-to-do-wide-receiver-tests/
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