Apr. 26, 2018
I Know Who Should Draft Lamar Jackson
Lamar Jackson, a Heisman Trophy winner, is being ranked by most experts as being the 5th or 6th best QB in the draft this spring. Most mock drafts have him going in the late 1st round, or early 2nd round. The interesting thing about Jackson, is that many experts are wondering, is he an NFL quarterback? There was even talk of him running drills with the receivers at the combine.
My thoughts are simple on him. It is going to be a tough competition in the QB market this year. Getting a starting job will be difficult, the result will have many teams seeing him as a backup or a project.
If I had to put money on a team to draft him, the Bills would be a very good fit for Jackson. If they keep Tyrod Taylor, he would make a natural backup, with a chance to take the job over, and with back to back 1st round picks (21 and 22) they could afford to take a shot at him.
But that's to easy. The more i think about it, Lamar Jackson could be a special kind of player in the NFL. Some kind of sick combination of QB, RB, AND WR. He wants to be a starting QB, which is understandable. If only there was someone who could convince him. Someone known for making creative choices with players. Someone who could make sure there was an entire Lamar Jackson scheme in the playbook, that would let him catch, throw, and run and keep the opposing defense off balance. It wouldn't hurt to have a need for a backup QB, but also a need for a QB of the future. Just in case his 40 year old QB decides to hang up his helmet for good.
How fun would it be to see Bill Belichick use Lamar Jackson? It would be a perfect meeting in the middle for Belichick and Tom Brady, if you believe in the dissension that is. Brady is reportedly sour on the prospects of being replaced. But I have a feeling it may be different if they not only draft a QB of the future, but a possible weapon of the present. Belichick more than any coach could come up with numerous ways to get the ball in Lamar Jackson's hands, while at the same time grooming him as a possible Brady successor. If Brady plays 5 more years, that's fine, maybe Jackson could use 5 more years until he is ready to lead an NFL offense. but still get on the field a few times a game in the meantime.
I know it sounds crazy, and it definitely is, but in some alternate reality where it actually happens, I'm being called a genius, because I thought of it first.