Louisville QB Lamar Jackson visits Browns Friday

2016 Heisman winner not expected to be picked No. 1 overall

Daryl Ruiter
April 13, 2018 - 9:52 am
ouisville Cardinals quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) runs for a touchdown during the first half against the Mississippi State Bulldogs in the 2017 TaxSlayer Bowl

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Cleveland, OH (92.3 The Fan) – The Cleveland Browns hosted Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson on Friday.

Jackson is the fifth member of the 2018 quarterback class the team hosted as part of their allotted 30 facility visits leading up to the NFL Draft.

Jackson, who won the Heisman Trophy in 2016, is an intriguing prospect but it is not expected that he’s a contender to be selected No. 1 overall in the draft later this month.

"I’m mobile. I can hit any target on the field," Jackson said in March at the NFL Combine. "I love the game with a passion. I lead my team. I feel like I’m a field general. I love to score. I love to put the ball in other receivers’ hands. I’m not a ball hog at all. It may look like it but I’m not. I just love winning."

Over 3 seasons leading the Cardinals, Jackson became one of college football’s most electrifying players that saw him complete 57 percent of his passes for 9,043 yards, 69 touchdowns and 27 interceptions.

He also ran for 4,132 yards and 50 touchdowns.

At the NFL Combine Jackson explained why he feels he's pro ready.

"I can avoid pressure," Jackson said in March. "If someone is coming free, I can keep my eyes downfield. I feel I can do that the best. And get a target open downfield.

"[I'm] Very mobile. I can throw on the run. I can throw to any part of the field. Any route. And I have speed to get us out of anything, any trouble."

The primary question for Jackson is whether he can process and run a much more complex NFL offense, with play calls that often consist of 10 more words, than the one he ran at Louisville, which were 5 words long.

“It’s going to be a different Lamar,” Jackson said. “Not the same as college. I’m going to level up a lot more. I have a lot of learning to do. I’m just ready.”

Jackson has been having his mother rather than a traditional agent help him through the pre-draft process and a lawyer to assist with legal work which some have tried to use against him.

“I know coming in as a rookie, an agent doesn’t really negotiate anything,” Jackson said. “You’re going to get the salary you’re going to get. Or whatever. I decided I don’t need him. He’s going to be taking a big cut of my pay check anyways. And I feel I deserve it right now.”

Wyoming’s Josh Allen visited on Thursday. The Browns hosted Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield, USC’s Sam Darnold and UCLA’s Josh Rosen last week.