Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson has heard his fair share of criticism during this draft season. Usually athletes try to block out the doubters, but Jackson said Wednesday that he’s going to take a different approach.
“That’s just motivation to me,” Jackson told Zack Rosenblatt of NJ.com about his criticism. “I just turn that into motivation. I just want to put them pads on and whoever said that. I’m coming at them.”
Louisville’s Lamar Jackson on criticism this time of the year: “That’s just motivation to me. I just turn that into motivation. I just want to put them pads on and whoever said that, I’m coming at them."
— Zack Rosenblatt (@ZackBlatt) April 25, 2018
It’s a deep draft this year for signal callers, but most experts consider Jackson a tier below the top choices at quarterback such as Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen, Baker Mayfield and Josh Allen. That’s largely because there are concerns about Jackson’s accuracy and ability to run a pro-style offense despite the fact that he ran one in college.
Regardless, all four of those quarterbacks have been ranked higher in NFL mock drafts than Jackson. And it wasn’t too long ago that most experts had the Louisville quarterback out of the first round.
However, Jackson’s draft stock gained some steam recently. The general consensus has become that Jackson will be a late first-round selection and could go as high as No. 15 to the Arizona Cardinals.
Following his Heisman Trophy season of 2016, Jackson threw for 3,660 yards, 27 touchdowns and 10 interceptions last season. He also chipped in 1,601 yards and 18 touchdowns on the ground.