NFL Draft: Baker Mayfield knows Lamar Jackson 'is a great QB,' not a WR

Baker Mayfield might be Lamar Jackson’s biggest supporter. At the very least, the NFL Draft quarterback prospect from Oklahoma sees his fellow Heisman Trophy-winning QB from Louisville throwing passes in the league, not catching them.

NFL Draft: Baker Mayfield knows Lamar Jackson 'is a great QB,' not a WR

NFL Draft: Baker Mayfield knows Lamar Jackson 'is a great QB,' not a WR

Jackson in recent weeks has raised his draft profile from a likely Day 2 pick to a possible first-round quarterback. It’s funny to think that a month ago teams supposedly were thinking he should try a new position.

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Several teams at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis reportedly wanted to watch Jackson work out with wide receivers, not just quarterbacks. Mayfield was and is among those who defend Jackson’s ability to play QB.

“His response was the best,” Mayfield said of Jackson while speaking with Sporting News prior to a recent press conference at the Maxwell Football Club’s annual award gala. “He said, ‘(Is) Josh Allen going to do a tight end-quarterback?’

“Lamar is a great quarterback no matter what people are going to pick up apart about his game.”



Jackson in 2016 won both the Heisman Trophy and the Maxwell Award as the nation’s top college player following a season in which he threw for more than 3,500 yards and had 30 touchdowns with nine interceptions. He produced similar numbers in 2017, but Mayfield took the awards.

“He’s very talented,” Mayfield added regarding Jackson. “I love the guy. I think he’s going to have success. He’s fine.”

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