The NFL's attention shifted to Louisville on Thursday, where Lamar Jackson got his chance to shine in the spotlight.
I thought the winner of the Heisman Trophy 2016 would have a solid, albeit unspectacular, performance.
Here (19659004) 1) I think Jackson's design is unchanged and comes from the professional day. I do not think he did anything to hurt himself or . I've always said I expect it to be picked between picks 25 and 35. I feel the same after his training.
2. The Jaguars, Steelers, Saints are the team I hear most often for Jackson. It all makes sense and could be good landing places for him, but the perfect coach for Jackson is Andy Reid of the Chiefs, as he has proven he can gear his offensive to the strengths of his QB, including a double threat like Michael Vick, The Player with whom Jackson is often compared. Reid has his QB in Patrick Mahomes, so I do not expect Jackson to finish with the Chiefs who score late in the second round after swapping their first-rounder in 201
3) I thought the ball would have been better off Jackson's hand on Thursday than at the beginning of this month in the NFL Scouting Combine. During his pro-day workouts, it was clear he was improving some things about working on a broader basis, which was encouraging.
However, there is still the worry that I have when he throws the ball outside the hashes. That's still something he works on. He was inconsistent on Thursday. I would have liked to see him making more drive-throws during the training, but he really emphasized underneath and touched throws.
4) His decision not to run the 40-meter run will be very loud and will be a day. I do not think the decision will hurt him in the draft, but if I were to advise him, I would have suggested he run the 40 at the combine, because we know he is fast and would have put on an impressive Show in the event. Then he would have cleared that out of the way and would have had no further questions on his pro-day.
It was more of a mistake not to race at the combine than sit outside on Thursday
We talked a lot last week about the issues that affected Josh Allen's accuracy during his pro-day. However, he makes up for it by showing his arm strength and how special he is in this area. Jackson had the opportunity on Thursday to show everyone that while he's still working on his accuracy, he has so much to offer from an athletic standpoint. With the decision not to test on Thursday, Jackson missed this opportunity.
5) The Pro-Day Workout compounded a problem we saw for Louisville during the 2017 season – the receivers are having trouble catching the ball. I think Jackson will be pleasantly surprised when he reaches the next level and he thinks he has much more reliable pass-catcher to throw.