NFL Draft: Lamar Jackson has not had a 'single meeting' with Bills

Joann Johnston
May 2, 2018

Jackson was forced to wait until the last possible moment, but can still tell his grandchildren one day that he was a first-round pick when the Ravens took him with the No. 32 pick.

"Thirty-second. Last hope", Jackson said. Oh, there is. Look, there's a lot of good players at a lot of different positions, " Caserio said. He also chipped in 1,571 yards and 21 touchdowns on the ground. An agent could have helped Jackson with workouts, interviews, NFL Combine and Draft prep, etc. He received almost twice as many first-place votes as Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson and ran away with the award.

However, one can be found in the conjecture and rumours surrounding the build-up to the NFL Draft, which are often so bemusing in their nature they are akin to the kind of speculation that surfaces during the transfer window's "silly season".

Robert Griffin III-the team's backup quarterback. So when he slid into the teens, the 20's and eventually to the final pick of the first round, Jackson was feeling the heat.

Mayock published a mock draft Wednesday that had the Ravens selecting Jackson at No. 16 overall, behind four other quarterbacks. He improved his completion percentage almost 3.0 percent (from 56.2 to 59.1) while maintaining a yards per attempt average of 8.5.

It's fine if you don't believe that Lamar Jackson is the best successor to Joe Flacco or you thought that the Ravens would have been better served using their draft picks in another manner. A big reason the Saints went on the run they did previous year was because they drafted so strong, and sacraficing an area of need to take Jackson is a gamble for the future.

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Jackson has every right to be pissed off about where he went in the draft on Thursday. The one quarterback who may have been picked too high against the one who went too low. I call them "in the area" throws.

"Are there some quarterbacks left in the draft?"

That fifth-year option is a benefit when it comes to quarterbacks.

"The most nervous 31 people in the league would be the defensive coordinators that would have to play against him", Mayock said.

On a night of a lot of tough talk - one in which UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen bristled so much at falling to the No10 pick that he declared there were "nine mistakes made ahead " of him - the images of Mayfield and Jackson are the most stark.

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