Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson has been arguably the most talked about player, and what his position will be in the NFL has been easily the most controversial topic.
With questions on whether Jackson can make it as an NFL quarterback, Louisville coach Bobby Petrino spoke on his electric, former Heisman-winning quarterback.
“He can make all the throws you have to make. He can work in the pocket. He understands protections, defenses, offenses. He’s a guy who’s going to get up early and put in a good, hard day of work with a positive attitude. He has the ability to make plays with his legs, extend plays and just a unique talent,” said Petrino.
“He really matured and grew to understand the game of football. When we first got him, he was just this great talent that was out there, sometimes didn’t know what the play was, but still made things happen with the ability that God gave him. His second year, he really matured. He wanted to know everything there was to know about playing the position of quarterback — how do I handle the protections, how do I handle the run game, studied defenses, he was understanding movements by linebackers and safeties, and learned how to go through progressions.”
ESPN’s Todd McShay is one of the few analysts talking up Jackson’s abilities at quarterback, listing him as a first-round pick in a recent mock draft.
We’ll see in less than a month whether Jackson can talk the doubters down, or whether he follows the Tim Tebow route, refusing to switch positions and possibly eventually finding himself out of work.