There are a wide range of “hot takes” about Louisville Cardinals quarterback Lamar Jackson, who decided in January to enter the 2018 NFL Draft. Many experts have argued that Jackson would be better off as a wide receiver at the next level.
ESPN analyst Bill Polian added to that sentiment Monday, casually adding that Jackson is too “short” to play behind center in the NFL.
“Exceptional athlete, exceptional ability to make you miss, exceptional acceleration, exceptional instincts with the ball in his hands, and that’s rare for wide receivers,” Polian said on ESPN’s Golic and Wingo Show.. “That’s AB [Antonio Brown] and who else? Name me another that’s like that, right? Julio [Jones] isn’t even like that. This guy is incredible in the open field.
“But again, short, and a little bit slight, and clearly, clearly not the thrower the other guys are. The accuracy isn’t there.”
Polian has been saying since September that Jackson is better off as a wide receiver in the NFL. Jackson’s 3,660 passing yards, 27 touchdowns and 10 interceptions last season didn’t change the former NFL general manager’s mind.
Granted, Jackson’s accuracy and body frame are legitimate concerns, but to say he’s too short to play quarterback is a strange argument. Louisville listed Jackson at 6-foot-3, so he is only an inch shorter than other top quarterback prospects Sam Darnold and Josh Rosen. And Jackson is two inches taller than Baker Mayfield.
Unless Polian has some inside information that Jackson actually isn’t 6-3 he might want to re-construct his argument for why Jackson should switch to wide receiver.