June 22, 2018

NFL Draft: Lamar Jackson would bring excitement back to Chargers

04 March 2018, 03:58 | Donald Newman

Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson before the Tax Slayer Bowl against Mississippi State on Dec. 30 2017

Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson before the Tax Slayer Bowl

With that said, there has been something of a weird groundswell concerning Jackson, who measured at more than 6'2 at the NFL Draft Combine, and a potential move to the wide receiver position.

Jackson improved as a passer in each of his three years of starting - from 54.7 percent completions in 2015 to 56.2 in his Heisman season of 2016 to 59.1 percent last season. He was, however, one of the nation's greatest ground threats, racking up 4,132 rushing yards and 50 rushing scores in 38 games.

Lamar Jackson would have been the fastest quarterback at the NFL Combine, but he decided not to run the 40-yard dash.

When asked Wednesday whether he thought Jackson projects as a quarterback or wide receiver, President of Football Operations/GM John Elway chose the former.

Interestingly, Jackson doesn't have a traditional agent. "What's your footwork on this?' A lot of questions", Jackson said. "He really is. I understand why people say (he should switch to wide receiver) because they've seen guys convert that are special athletes". I'd just sit back and try to learn from him as much as I could ... Even though Jackson has never played the position. "You're going to get the salary you're going to get [depending on where you're drafted]". "I'm strictly a quarterback, yes sir". He's a quarterback. Trying to move him to wide receiver is very dumb and just plain ol' racist. He's gonna be taking a big cut of my paycheck anyways, and I feel I deserve it right now.

Jackson said any Wildcat packages also fall outside of acceptable role, joking that "this is not the Dolphins with Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams". For now, though, he's focused on the present, and that involves convincing National Football League teams that he's the best quarterback on the board.

"I'm mobile, I can hit any target on the field", Jackson said.

It's really the most ridiculous storyline so far in the pre-draft season and Jackson thinks it's insane too. I just love winning. It's the equivalent of a baseball team drafting a successful starting pitcher who doesn't fit the typical profile (he's too short, doesn't throw hard enough, etc.) and immediately moving him to the bullpen in the minors. I love putting the ball in receiver's hands.

"I love putting a chip on my shoulder".

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