Bill Polian Says Lamar Jackson Is 'Short,' Should Move to WR in the NFL

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistFebruary 19, 2018

Louisville Cardinals quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) warms up before the start of the TaxSlayer Bowl NCAA college football game against the Mississippi State Bulldogs, Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)
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Quarterback Lamar Jackson is 6'3" and won the Heisman Trophy during his time at Louisville, but former Indianapolis Colts general manager Bill Polian thinks he is "short" and should switch positions. 

According to Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk, Polian appeared on ESPN on Monday and pointed to what he sees as lackluster height and throwing accuracy when it comes to Jackson's NFL potential.

"Short and a little bit slight," Polian said of the Louisville product. "Clearly, clearly not the thrower that the other guys are. The accuracy isn't there."

Polian also felt that Jackson would be better off as a receiver: "I think wide receiver. Exceptional athlete, exceptional ability to make you miss, exceptional acceleration, exceptional instinct with the ball in his hand and that's rare for wide receivers. That's [Antonio Brown], and who else? Name me another one, Julio [Jones is] not even like that."

While Polian took issue with Jackson's accuracy, his 59.1 completion percentage was better than the 56.3 Wyoming's Josh Allen posted in 2017. Bleacher Report's Matt Miller projected Allen as the No. 5 overall pick to the Denver Broncos.

Jackson threw for 3,543 yards and 30 touchdowns in 2016 and 3,660 and 27 touchdowns in 2017, winning ACC Player of the Year both seasons and the Heisman, Maxwell and Walter Camp Player of the Year Awards in 2016.

His NFL.com draft profile calls him an "elite playmaker with rare ability to hit home runs with his arms or legs" and pointed to his prowess on deep passes and how he "destroys pursuit angles when he runs."

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His elusiveness as a runner—50 touchdowns on the ground in three seasons at Louisville—would help him should he attempt to become a wide receiver, but it will also allow him to extend plays as a quarterback when the pocket breaks down and make an offense even more dangerous because he can take off at any time.

Polian doesn't see Jackson as a quarterback at the next level, but Miller projected him as a second-round pick of the Jacksonville Jaguars.

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