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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Articles tagged: Lamar Jackson

15 NFL prospects with most to gain at Pro Days

The 2018 NFL Combine in Indianapolis has officially come and gone, and draft boards have been substantially shaken up due to the overall results. But that doesn’t necessarily mean anything is set in stone. Professional scouts will have one more opportunity to put a watchful eye on NFL Draft prospects.

Already underway, college Pro Days will provide one final opportunity for draft hopefuls to put on a display, improve their stock, and prove to the NFL decision-makers that they have what it takes to succeed at the next level.

Here’s a look at 15 NFL prospects with the most to gain at their respective Pro Days.

15. Durham Smythe, TE, Notre Dame

At 6-foot-5, 253 pounds and with big hands, Durham Smythe fits the bill of a talented and dominant tight end. Unfortunately, Smythe’s lack of college production (24 catches for 356 yards and five touchdowns total the last two seasons) meant he needed to put up big numbers during athleticism testing at the NFL Combine. That did not happen and, instead, Smythe ranked near the bottom of an otherwise talented tight end class, especially from a receiving standpoint. If Smythe wishes to become a more highly-touted tight end entering the NFL Draft, he’ll need to put up better athletic numbers at Notre Dame’s March 22 Pro Day.


10 biggest takeaways from the NFL Combine

Saquon Barkley

The NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis has concluded, leaving teams with a much better idea about draft prospects. Some players excelled in drills and interviews, while others had more mixed results. There was a lot to be learned from this year’s crop of players. Here are ten big developments from the Combine.

1) Saquon Barkley set himself apart

It looks as if there is now a very real chance that Barkley could become the first running back to go first overall since Ki-Jana Carter, another Penn State back, in 1995. Barkley dominated his Combine workout with a 4.40 40-yard dash and a 41-inch vertical, and now looks like a very real option for the Browns at No. 1. He was already the top running back in the class and viewed as a potential top pick, but we’ve gone from talking about top three to top overall.

2) Shaquem Griffin showed why he should be taken seriously

Yes, it’s worth pumping the brakes on Shaquem Griffin. Even now the UCF linebacker still likely a day three prospect. He won’t go in the first round, or the second, and probably not even the third. Still, he ran a 4.38 40-yard dash, put up 20 reps at the bench press, and oh, by the way, did it all with one hand. He’s a great, great story, and teams looking for a potential diamond in the rough during the mid-to-late rounds of the draft would do well to look his way.


Lamar Jackson says he has not been asked to play wide receiver

Lamar Jackson

Lamar Jackson made things quite clear on Friday — he’s going to play quarterback in the NFL.

The former Heisman Trophy winner refuted reports that stated he’s been asked to work out as a wide receiver and said without any doubt that he sees his professional future under center.

Reports had indicated that some teams had asked Jackson to work out at receiver. Whatever the case, he is not going to do it. Jackson feels he can be an NFL quarterback, and he’s probably earned the shot to start out there.

Ravens GM says team views Lamar Jackson as a quarterback

Lamar Jackson

Lamar Jackson has already expressed frustration over chatter that he should convert to wide receiver in the NFL, so the former Louisville star will likely appreciate what one team’s general manager had to say about him on Friday.

While speaking with reporters at the Scouting Combine, Baltimore Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome says he and his scouting people see no reason to view Jackson as anything other than a quarterback.

“I don’t know what the other teams think about him,” Newsome said, via Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com. “But, on our board, he’s a quarterback.”

Jackson also received support from Ravens safety Tony Jefferson, who said he doesn’t understand why NFL teams want the former Heisman Trophy winner to work out as a receiver.

The Ravens are expected to select a quarterback at some point to play behind Joe Flacco, so it’s possible they could end up with Jackson. Newsome said Baltimore is not thinking about replacing Flacco anytime soon but will not hesitate to draft a QB if that is the best player on their board at a certain time.

Several teams have reportedly asked Jackson to work out at both quarterback and wide receiver at the combine. Jackson did not catch a pass in college, but he’s a tremendous athlete who rushed for 4,132 yards and scored 50 rushing touchdowns in 38 games. Still, he has already made it quite clear that he feels he should not have to consider switching positions to play in the pros.

Report: Multiple teams have asked Lamar Jackson to work out as WR

Lamar Jackson

Lamar Jackson is committed to proving he can play quarterback at the NFL level, but some teams may have other plans for the former Louisville star.

Jeremy Bergman of NFL.com reports that multiple NFL teams have already asked Jackson to work out as a wide receiver in addition to a quarterback at the NFL Scouting Combine. Jackson has not yet said if he will grant the requests.

Jackson has been mentioned as a potential late first or early second-round pick as a quarterback, so he may not have much incentive to work out for teams at another position. The former Heisman Trophy winner did not catch a pass in college, but he’s a tremendous athlete who rushed for 4,132 yards and scored 50 rushing touchdowns in 38 games.

Judging by the way he already reacted to talk about a position change, it would not be a surprise if Jackson respectfully declined to work out as a receiver.

Report: Lamar Jackson to be advised by mother, not agent

Lamar Jackson

Lamar Jackson will be advised by his mother rather than an agent for the time being, according to a report.

NFL Media’s Jane Slater says the former Louisville quarterback will enter the NFL Scouting Combine being advised by his mother Felicia for now.

Jackson enters the combine as a controversial player. The former Heisman Trophy winner successfully played quarterback at Louisville and has been mentioned as a potential late first, early second round pick. Despite that, some NFL analysts have suggested he should move to wide receiver. Jackson did not appreciate that talk.

Jackson threw for 69 touchdowns and 27 interceptions during his career, while rushing for 50 TDs.

Lamar Jackson reacts to position change chatter

Lamar Jackson

Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson is headed to the NFL, and he doesn’t seem particularly enthused about the suggestions that he should try to become a wide receiver at the professional level.

Former Indianapolis Colts executive Bill Polian suggested that Jackson should focus on becoming a wide receiver at the NFL level. Some analysts firmly disagreed, including NFL Network analyst Daniel Jeremiah.

Jackson himself more or less suggested that he’d be following Jeremiah’s advice.

Given that there is at least an outside chance that Jackson could be drafted as a quarterback late in the first round or early in the second, there’s no way the former Heisman winner is giving up on that dream before he even gives it a chance. Besides, he’s received high praise from one player who went on to become a successful NFL quarterback.

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