Is Lamar Jackson To The Bills a Possibility?

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Dec 30, 2017; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Louisville Cardinals quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) runs for a touchdown during the first half against the Mississippi State Bulldogs in the 2017 TaxSlayer Bowl at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 30, 2017; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Louisville Cardinals quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) runs for a touchdown during the first half against the Mississippi State Bulldogs in the 2017 TaxSlayer Bowl at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports

It seems like there is always that one quarterback that no one knows where to project them for the draft. In 2014, two quarterbacks, Derek Carr and Teddy Bridgewater fell under this category. In 2016, Dak Prescott was the name to look out for after the second round.

For this upcoming NFL draft, prospects Josh Rosen, Sam Darnold, Baker Mayfield and Josh Allen are the biggest names when it comes to the quarterback position.

Lamar Jackson is expected to go in the first round, but to be near these other four players is unlikely. It depends how the Cleveland Browns decide to play the draft with the first pick overall.

The chances of the Bills getting Rosen or Darnold are slim-to-none unless they decide to trade up. Mayfield may not slip out of the top 10 and Allen it can either go well for him or he could be waiting to hear his name longer than expected.

With the Bills currently with a quarterback problem, Jackson should be on the Bills radar. With having Tyrod Taylor the last three seasons, the Bills are used to a mobile quarterback who has a dynamic running game who can else throw the ball. With getting Lamar Jackson, the Bills would be getting a younger Taylor, but it would be more of an upgrade.

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Jackson spent three seasons at Louisville and in his career he managed to throw for 9,043 passing yards with 69 touchdowns an 27 interceptions. Along with his passing game, he added on 4,132 rushing yards and 50 touchdowns. In Taylor’s four seasons at Virginia Tech, he recorded 7, 017 passing yards, 44 touchdowns and 20 interceptions. In the running game, he added on 2,196 yards and 23 touchdowns.

Similar stats, but there is a big gap between the two. Jackson was more of a dynamic player in three seasons compared to Taylor who had four seasons at Virginia Tech.

Jackson winning the Heisman Award in 2016 was definitely earned without a doubt. He would fit the style that the Bills are used to now for three seasons, so if Sean McDermott and new offensive coordinator Brian Daboll choose to keep this type of style, but not keep Taylor, Jackson could very well be their man.

 

Brandon Ray is a Managing Editor for Full Press Coverage and covers the Buffalo Bills. Follow him on Twitter at @brandon_ray79 and @FPC_Bills for Buffalo Bills coverage.

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