Lamar Jackson will “strictly” be a quarterback. The former Heisman trophy winner at Louisville won’t work out for teams at wide receiver…
Quarterback Lamar Jackson shot down the idea of switching to wide receiver for teams who may want him to.
The former Louisville standout told the media on Friday at the NFL Combine, that he would not consider a position switch. With a big smile on his face, Jackson said that, “Whoever likes me at quarterback, that’s where I’m going. That’s strictly my position.”
So, what does this mean for teams who need a quarterback like the Broncos? It’s very good news. There are a good number of teams who need a quarterback, and Jackson’s refusal to line up as a receiver makes the chances of those teams snatching him up in the draft even more likely.
With the fifth overall pick in April’s draft, they are in good position. It seems likely that they will take a quarterback at that spot. It depends on who is there when it’s their time to pick.
Let’s run through the four teams who are currently choosing before Denver…
The Cleveland Browns, who selected DeShone Kizer in the second round last year, seem likely to take a quarterback. Former USC quarterback Sam Darnold could be that selection. Another possibility is UCLA’s Josh Rosen. Either way, one quarterback off the board.
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At no. 2 is the New York Giants. Former Penn State running back Saquon Barkley has been linked to the G-Men a number of times, so the chances of them taking Jackson later in the draft seem more likely, even with the team confident in Davis Webb backing up Eli Manning.
Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck missed the entire 2017 season with a bad shoulder, and there’s a chance they draft a quarterback sometime in the draft.
Browns at no. 4: They will not select two quarterbacks in the same round, especially three picks apart.
That leaves Denver at no. 5. Like I said above, the Broncos are in a good position with this pick. If they decide to take a quarterback at this spot, It could be Rosen, Darnold (whichever of the two is still available), or Wyoming’s Josh Allen.
If this scenario occurs, you can say “bye-bye” to Lamar Jackson putting on a Denver Broncos cap in April.
Quarterback Brock Osweiler will test free agency and Denver will look to trade Trevor Siemian. This leaves Paxton Lynch and Chad Kelly as guys who will see a rookie in the quarteback room, along with a veteran quarterback.