Chris Long defends Lamar Jackson as quarterback

Doug Mendoza
March 3, 2018

Lamar Jackson is a very interesting case. He's one of the best athletes in the upcoming draft.

Former NFL executive general manager Bill Polian has been among those who said Jackson should switch to wide receiver, and he cited Jackson's size, athleticism and "questionable accuracy" as reasons why.

Jackson has not used one of the major pre-draft workout centers that numerous draft-eligible players have used. No, I'm not kidding you.

It's not too dissimilar from DeShaun Watson's outlook a year ago, when teams questioned Clemson's national championship quarterback in the style of passer he'd be at the next level. "He's not a huge dude, but at 6'3" and 216 pounds, he ain't no tweener. As the NFL Draft approaches, Jackson has taken center stage here at the NFL Combine.

Of all the quarterbacks that spoke Friday, Jackson seemed the one with the most questions about what he can't do, but he handled them with a laugh and a smile.

Multiple NFL teams have requested for the dual-threat Lousiville quarterback to work out as a wide receiver, in addition to working out as a QB, Good Morning Football's Peter Schrager reported Friday, per a source informed of the situation.

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The 21-year-old won the Heisman Trophy in 2016, completing 56.2 per cent of his passes for 3,543 yards with 30 touchdowns and nine interceptions.

Deion Sanders Jr. took issue with the various excuses National Football League talking heads have offered up in their criticism of Jackson that just don't add up. He can probably flourish in the run-pass option scheme similar to what the newly crowned Super Bowl champion Eagles used in 2017.

"Agents don't really negotiate anything", Jackson said. For Jackson's sake that will hopefully be the only similarity he has with the Bengals Quarterback. To ignore the role that race plays in these evaluations is just disingenuous.

And wherever Jackson gets drafted, he expects to be the signal-caller.

The kid is wildly talented. "I don't even know where it came from".

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