Why Ravens fans should be excited about Lamar Jackson

Why Ravens fans should be excited about Lamar Jackson

NFL Draft analyst Mike Mayock said Thursday (April 26) on the Dan Patrick Show he would not be surprised if the Saints moved up from No. 27 to select former Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson. That hot take wasn't met too kindly on social media, but it began a national wide discussion about Jackson's athleticism and throwing ability. Jackson won the Heisman in 2016 and finished third in the voting last season.

At 6-foot-5, 250 pounds, Hurst has the size and athleticism to create a lot of mismatches, and put up even bigger stats, in the NFL.

If and when Jackson takes over the Baltimore Ravens offense, it's going to require a little creativity, but the team could develop an offense around him that could be a major threat in the NFL. He caught 92 passes for 1,175 yards and three touchdowns between his sophomore and junior seasons.

Ravens officials insisted Joe Flacco remains their starter and cautioned anyone from jumping to conclusions that Jackson would soon replace the Super Bowl-winning quarterback.




Jackson came back to school last fall heavily criticized for a reigning Heisman victor. He was also one of the better running quarterbacks in recent college football history, rushing for 4,132 yards and 50 TDs on 655 attempts in three seasons. They kept it up through every pick. He improved that number last fall, but it still sat below 60 percent at 59.1.

The first trade came at 8:52, the Bills moving up to No. 7 with their choice of the quarterback Josh's - Rosen and Allen. Jackson is a great runner, but also a better pocket quarterback than he got credit for. "He will not be able to play (quarterback) in this league, mark my words", the coordinator told Pelissero. His goal now becomes to do the same with the Ravens.

None of the mock drafts heading into tonight's actual National Football League draft in Dallas seems to even put them in the same order.

Jackson had seen a fellow Heisman Trophy victor Baker Mayfield taken first overall by the Cleveland Browns, with three other quarterbacks going ahead of him as Sam Darnold went to the New York Jets and the Buffalo Bills and Arizona Cardinals traded up to take Josh Allen and Josh Rosen respectively.

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