One by one they went. Four quarterbacks were selected among the first 10 picks of the 2018 NFL Draft on Thursday, yet none of them were named Lamar Jackson.
Instead, Jackson had to wait all the way until the 32nd and final selection in the first round before his name was called by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. The young quarterback is now a member of the Baltimore Ravens and he has already made it pretty clear how angry he is about slipping in this year’s draft.
— Adam Patrick (@Str8_Cash_Homey) April 27, 2018
Jackson has every right to be pissed off about where he went in the draft on Thursday.
He’s coming off a 2017 season at Louisville where he threw for 281.5 yards per game, 27 touchdowns, and just 10 interceptions. Oh, and Jackson also ran for 1,601 yards and 18 touchdowns in 2017.
This was all after a 2016 season that was even better and resulted in him winning the Heisman Trophy.
But because Jackson isn’t a prototypical NFL quarterback, teams apparently didn’t want to use a draft pick on him this year. Yet one franchise had no problem trading up to select Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen on Thursday, despite his lack of actual production at a low-level Division I school.
So now Jackson is a member of the Ravens. He probably won’t play right away since Baltimore currently has Joe Flacco as their starting quarterback (unfortunately for them).
But in a year or two, it’s very possible that Jackson will be starting under center for the Ravens. What the Kansas City Chiefs did recently with Alex Smith and Patrick Mahomes could be something similar to what Baltimore has in store for their future quarterback situation.
There are always teams in need of a signal caller around the NFL and someone out there may actually take a trade for Flacco. There’s always at least one coach or general manager in the league who believes their team has the capabilities to resurrect a fading quarterback’s career.
If anything, the Ravens’ selection of Jackson on Thursday night is a clear indication that Flacco is on his way out. With a cap hit of more than $26 million in 2019, that exit will likely come sooner than later.