In this mock, the first four quarterbacks went off the board in the top five, and a quarterback of equal echelon fell to No. 22. The Buffalo Bills would not let this opportunity go to waste, no matter how confident they are in A.J. McCarron.
Louisville’s Lamar Jackson is one of the most talented football players ever to step on an NCAA field. The quarterback (QUARTERBACK) won the Heisman in 2016, and he nearly won it again in 2017. In three years with the Cardinals, Jackson amassed over 13,000 total yards and 119 total touchdowns.
Jackson’s ability to run is one noteworthy quality of his, but it is far from the only one. Jackson doesn’t use his mobility to exit clean pockets. He dances, avoid pressure, always keeping the play alive, seeking out options as the situation progresses. He keeps his eyes downfield, and his passing ability is better than he gets credit for.
Jackson is a bit thin for a quarterback, but perhaps this is a good thing; it allows Jackson to play at his speed, which could be deadly for NFL defenses. With playmakers like Lesean McCoy, Calvin Ridley, and Charles Clay around him, Jackson would thrive in the Bills’ offense, providing electric ability and versatility. There’s a good chance he could start ahead of McCarron right away. With this option, the Bills avoid trading a mass amount of mid-round picks, and they still get their quarterback of the future.
Who would pass that up?