"Lamar Jackson should become a wide receiver in the NFL" has been a popular topic of discussion heading into the NFL's Scouting Combine later this month.
ESPN NFL analyst Bill Polian said earlier this week that he thinks the former star Louisville quarterback would be best suited making a position change. He doesn't think he's a good fit at QB in the next level.
“Lamar Jackson, speaking of size, quarterback or wide receiver at the next level?” asked Adnan Virk on ESPN this morning.
“I think wide receiver,” Polian said. “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.”
Polian has been criticized quite heavily for this opinion. For one, Jackson is 6 foot 3, a fine height for an NFL quarterback, and two, Polian has missed pretty badly on several NFL Draft quarterback prospects in the past.
An NFL Network draft analyst spoke about this today. He believes Jackson is in the right position.
"If a team asks you to switch to WR, tell them 'I look forward to playing against you,'" Daniel Jeremiah said.
Jackson appreciates this. It doesn't look like he intends on making any position change.
Good for Lamar. He's set to show off his skills at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis later this month.