Lamar Jackson is one of the most athletically gifted players in the 2018 NFL Draft class.
Unfortunately, concerns about his ability to make the transition to the NFL have followed him throughout his collegiate career and now as he attempts to make the leap to the pros there are still questions about whether he will be able to succeed as a signal-caller or whether he will have to transition to wide receiver.
This morning on ESPN, Bill Polian was asked about Jackson’s size and whether he can compete as a quarterback, and he gave off the same tired line about needing to make the switch.
“I think wide receiver,” Polian said, as transcribed by The Spun. “Exceptional athlete. Exceptional ability to make you miss. Exceptional acceleration. Exceptional instinct with the ball in your hand – and that’s rare for a wide receiver.”
“This guy is incredible in the open field…and again, short, and kind of slight, and clearly not the thrower that the other guys are,” Polian added. “So I would say, don’t wait to make that change. Don’t wait to be like that kid from Ohio State (Terrelle Pryor) and wait until you’re 29 to make the change.”
You can watch Polian’s comments below:
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Jackson will have an opportunity to showcase his skills as a quarterback for NFL scouts at this month’s Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, before his Louisville Pro Day.
Then, we will ultimately learn the verdict when the 2018 NFL Draft takes place from April 26-28 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Jackson is likely a Day 2 pick, but the team that ultimately selects him will say a lot about whether he will be given the chance to play quarterback at the next level.