Browns: Top 5 quarterback targets in the 2018 NFL Draft
After Lauletta’s placing on this list, let’s perhaps move on to someone a bit more traditional in 2016 Heisman winner and Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson, who deserves to be on the Browns quarterback watch list.
The main gripe that scouts have with Jackson are as follows: accuracy issues with NFL-style throws, and the fact that he might be a bit too small for Cleveland’s liking.
Although his accuracy leaves a bit to be desired – Jackson completed 57 percent of his passes in three years with the Cardinals – make no mistake that Jackson is a gunslinging quarterback. The throws he makes while off-balance and on the run are simply incredible, and it’s hard to imagine even some NFL quarterbacks making those throws.
To qualm the other concern that scouts have about him, Lamar Jackson is probably a lot bigger than you think he is. Standing 6-foot-3 and weighing 211 pounds (according to ESPN.com), Jackson might be a bit skinny for his size, but he has the ability to put on more muscle for the next level.
For some perspective, 2017 Browns starting quarterback, DeShone Kizer played his rookie season at 6-foot-4 and 233 pounds, according to clevelandbrowns.com. That is not too much more than Jackson, and scouts considered Kizer to be sturdy enough.
But maybe the most impressive thing about Jackson is that he essentially was the entire offense for Louisville. Jackson’s stats, both passing and rushing, are what truly jump off the page.
Jackson ran the Cardinals offense with ease, putting up a career total of 9,043 passing yards and 4,132 rushing yards for 119 total touchdowns (69 passing, 50 rushing).
Statistically, Jackson is one of the most prolific college quarterbacks of all time. With his skill set, he could turn into the second coming of Michael Vick at the next level. Needless to say, the Browns should have him on their watch list.