Arizona Cardinals would do well with Lamar Jackson
By Scott Allen
Some teams want him as a receiver but quarterback would do just fine for the Arizona Cardinals
He wouldn’t be expected to play right away for the Arizona Cardinals. At least until get someone gets injured, quarterback draft prospect Lamar Jackson would fit just fine in Arizona learning under Sam Bradford.
During the NFL Scouting Combine last month, some teams were interested in Jackson, as a receiver only. He would have nothing to do with it.
You can’t blame the guy either. He has a great arm. His arm is NFL ready. Of course he would have a lot to learn.
If he is available at 15, the Cardinals should pounce on him. The Heisman Trophy winner in 2016 can translate well into an NFL quarterback.
We get it, he has speed and is very mobile, making him a great candidate to be successful in the NFL. However he has tools that can help most football teams.
Being mobile is one but he can air it out. Sure, he will need to learn to read NFL defenses and work on accuracy. That comes with time.
Time is something the Cardinals would have with Jackson. With the signings of Sam Bradford and Mike Glennon, they would have the luxury of not rushing him into action unless an emergency occurs.
Of course many fans are expecting an emergency to occur with oft-injured Bradford leading the way on offense. The hope is history doesn’t repeat itself.
Jackson can sit for a year or two and learn under one of the most accurate passers ever in Bradford. When 2019 or 2020 rolls around the Cardinals would already have their guy in place and ready to be the franchise quarterback the Cardinals have forever been missing.
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All of this is fine as long as Jackson is available at 15. There is still much uncertainty about that but if he’s there, this choice makes the most sense for the Cardinals.