If you ask one anonymous ACC football coach, Louisville Cardinals star quarterback Lamar Jackson, the 2016 Heisman Trophy winner, will have “no shot” at finding success in the NFL.
Sports Illustrated’s Pete Thamel spoke to an ACC coach about some of the conference’s top quarterbacks — most notably Clemson’s Deshaun Watson and Jackson — when he received some very interesting comments.
The coach said that Watson is at least as good of a prospect as former Florida State star Jameis Winston, while then bashing Jackson’s opportunity to find NFL success.
“We played (Watson) and Lamar Jackson, and Jackson has no shot at playing quarterback in the NFL. None. He can’t make the throws and can’t read coverages. He’s not going to have a chance. Watson stands tall in the pocket and whips the ball around like Ben Roethlisberger,” the coach said.
There has been plenty of concern in NFL circles about Jackson’s size. However, there is no denying the 6-foot-3, 205-pounder has incredible vision and playmaking ability.
During his Heisman campaign, Jackson recorded 3,543 yards passing, 30 touchdowns and nine interceptions, while adding 1,571 yards and 21 scores on the ground.
Jackson will return to Louisville next season, so he has a chance to erase any concerns scouts may have about his ability to transition to the NFL.
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