Louisville quarterback and 2016 Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson might end up being one of the more polarizing players in the NFL Draft. Some have him going in the top 10, others have him dropping to later in the first round and then there's Bill Polian suggesting that Jackson should move to wide receiver.
ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. had Jackson being selected No. 6 overall by the Jets. But his ESPN colleague Todd McShay had urged Jackson to return to Louisville for another season and has said he doesn't see Jackson going in the first round.
"I think he'll probably be a Day 2 pick, second-third-round range," McShay said recently, "by a team that has a veteran quarterback and looks at him and says 'You know what, if we can develop him, we can have something really special. If not, maybe we use him as an offensive weapon, possibly in the return game.'"
In a mock draft released over the weekend, Rob Rang of NFL Draft Scout has Jackson dropping and the Bills selecting him at No. 22. Here is Rang's breakdown:
"Adding a talent like Kelvin Benjamin will surely help, but the Bills may not be finishing addressing a poor passing attack. Jackson plays a similar style as Tyrod Taylor, relying upon his legs as much as his arm or eyes. He is younger, cheaper and has a higher upside, however — characteristics the Bills may consider with two first-round picks this season due to Kansas City's trade up last year to nab their quarterback of the future, Patrick Mahomes."
As for Polian, the Hall of Fame executive said recently on ESPN that he sees Jackson as a "dynamic wide receiver" who could be used in multiple ways, including in the return game and on trick plays. He said he has concerns about Jackson's frame, accuracy and penchant for running the ball.
Polian also thinks Jackson will be in a situation where a team will just want to get the ball in his hands and that could lead him to being a return man, trick play specialist and ultimately WR.
— Dan Kadar (@MockingTheDraft) January 19, 2018
As one might expect, Jackson disagrees with that assessment:
"It is annoying because quarterback is all I played all my life," Jackson told Andrea Adelson of ESPN. "People look at my legs and they see I can make big plays, but they don't really see my arm, and I make big plays with my arm. I scored more touchdowns with my arm than my legs so ... "