Lamar Jackson throws at Louisville's pro day

2016 Heisman winner declines to run 40, makes 59 throws

Daryl Ruiter
March 29, 2018 - 1:15 pm
Lamar Jackson

Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports

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Cleveland, OH (92.3 The Fan) – The pro day for Louisville’s Lamar Jackson was hardly the eye-opening spectacle we’ve seen from the other top prospects, but he did nothing to hurt himself Thursday.

Jackson, who was the last of the top quarterbacks to throw at his school's pro day, ran a 60-play script in front of coaches, executives and scouts from all 32 teams that included 59 throws.

Like he did at the NFL Combine, Jackson declined to run the 40 Thursday, keeping the focus on his arm and not his speed.

Jackson’s footwork looked smooth taking snaps from under center – he had a teammate snap him footballs which is something you don’t see much of at pro days – and while his supporting cast of receivers and backs didn’t do much to help him in the way of catching footballs – there were a multitude of drops, Jackson echoed what you can see on film.

The 2016 Heisman trophy winner showed nice touch on balls down the field, hit slants off of three-step drops quickly but struggled with a few throws outside the numbers. 

While the Browns are said to be “intrigued” by Jackson, it doesn’t appear that he is in the conversation to be the No. 1 or No. 4 pick in the upcoming draft.

Cleveland also holds the first and third picks in the second round – Nos. 33 and 35 respectively – but with the signing of Drew Stanton to back up Tyrod Taylor, their ability to draft two quarterbacks – at least early – seems remote.

Jackson completed 57.0 percent of his passes while throwing for 9,048 yards with 69 touchdowns and 27 interceptions over three seasons for the Cardinals. He added 4,132 yards rushing and 50 touchdowns on the ground. 

If a team is willing to embrace his skillset and build their offense around him, there is little question that Jackson could have tremendous success in the NFL.