Lamar Jackson is a once in a life time athlete who made his mark not only on the University of Louisville record books, but college football record books as well. With the NFL draft just one week away, Lamar remains the draft’s biggest story. Lamar Jackson is ready for the NFL, but is the league ready for him? Mina Kimes and Domonique Foxworth with The Undefeated talk about how Lamar can change the NFL, if it’ll allow it.
With the NFL draft only 1 week away, the NFL mock draft sites are getting more traffic than Shelbyville road during the week before Christmas. And with the University of Louisville having several players that are likely to get drafted, us Louisville fans are contributing to that traffic. Most of us are trying to figure out where Lamar Jackson will be tormenting defenses for the next few years.
The 2018 NFL draft officially begins on Thursday, April 26, and runs through Saturday, April 28. The starting times for each day are: Round 1, Thursday: 8 p.m. – Rounds 2-3, Friday: 7 p.m. – Rounds 4-7, Saturday: 12 p.m. It will be held at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
You can watch it live,
Thursday: NFL Network, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Deportes
Friday: NFL Network, FOX Sports, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Deportes
Saturday: NFL Network, ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Deportes
Louisville fans know that Jaire Alexander is the best cornerback in this years NFL draft. He knows that as well. He recently sat down and talked to the NFL Network about what his outfit for the draft will look like and what it will feel like to hear his name called.
When Lamar Jackson was a sophomore in high school, his coach ran an offense especially created for him. His coach called Lamar transferring to Boynton Beach “it was a gift from the football gods.” Jonathan Jones with Sports Illustrated talks about how different Lamar’s pre-draft experience has been different than most, but it doesn’t take away from his abilities.
UofL Football is having their Pro Day on Thursday and according to UofL Football’s recruiting Twitter Account @UofLFBRecruiting, it will start at 10 am and the NFL Network will broadcast it.
Will Lamar Jackson win more games than any other rookie quarterback this season? How many yards will he throw for? Those are just some of the bold predictions made by the guys on Free Agency Frenzy.
After pushing through a leg and hand injury during his last season as a UofL Cardinal, Jaire Alexander is ready to let everyone know he is healthy. Jaire sat down with Peter King with Sport Illustrated to talk about what what Jaire says is the difference between being confident and what is arrogant.
CBS Sports writer, Sean Wagner-McGough, released an article and his mock draft where he has Lamar Jackson going 12th overall to the Cincinnati Bengals.
12. Cincinnati Bengals
Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville: The Bengals do the unexpected by drafting Dalton’s successor in Jackson, who is definitely a quarterback and definitely not a receiver. It’s time to move on from Dalton — if not this year then next year. Once the Bengals do move on from Dalton, Jackson will be their quarterback of the future, most likely under a new coach too. Read the rest of this entry
Ryan Day with SBNation predicted what would happen if the top ten picks in the NFL draft – picked Lamar Jackson. While it is still too early to get a grasp on what the draft will look like, I think this is a solid start.
Patrick Clayborn with the NFLNetwork, put together a highlight reel of all of Lamar Jackson’s passes over 20 yards in the 2017 season. Needless to say, it is a lot of fun and gives a nice break in the day!
Jaire Alexander had an outstanding career at the University of Louisville. Even with an injury riddled junior year, he made sure to let his presence be known when he was on the field. He was one of the most dynamic playmakers ever in the defensive backfield at UofL. We here at Cardinal Sports Zone cannot wait to watch him play on Sundays this fall!
One of the greatest players to ever wear the University of Louisville will be back in town this weekend to sign autographs.
According to the Courier Journal, Jackson will sign autographs at the Planet Fitness next to Jefferson Mall (7450 Jefferson Blvd.) on Saturday from 2-4 p.m. and at the Planet Fitness in New Albany (3527 Grant Line Road) on Sunday from 1-3 p.m.
Guests can receive an autograph by showing a Planet Fitness membership or by donating $25 to Blessings in a Backpack on the day of the event.
He truly may be, the greatest of all time.
Press release from the University of Louisville athletic department:
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – One of the greatest players in University of Louisville and Atlantic Coast Conference history, junior quarterback Lamar Jackson has decided to forgo his final year of collegiate eligibility and declare for the 2018 NFL Draft.
In just three seasons, Jackson put his imprint on the Louisville program, becoming the school’s first Heisman Trophy winner, attaining numerous player of the year awards, and rewriting the school and conference record books.
There is a lot going on at The University of Louisville but the question everyone is asking is, “Will Lamar declare for the NFL draft or will he return for his senior year?”
It’s funny that everyone seems to have the answer. Everyone knows someone who knows someone who said that they know what he is going to do. Don’t believe anything you hear because nobody really knows, including Lamar.
Lamar said that he wouldn’t even entertain the idea until after the bowl game. While I believe that he and his mom probably didn’t start talking about it till after the bowl game, you would be crazy to believe that he hasn’t spent a few restless nights pondering what he should do by weighing the pros and cons. It’s just human nature.
Let’s be honest here. The only reason to leave is money and the only reason to stay is to put yourself in a better position to make more money in the future. Read the rest of this entry
Jaire Alexander has chosen to forego his senior year and enter the 2018 NFL Draft. He has chosen not to play in the UofL’s upcoming bowl game.
Jaire has been an unbelievable player in his 3 years here. None of us fans will ever forget the electrifying punt return TD he had against Florida State in 2016. Nor will we forget his excellent game against Clemson during that same year in which he picked off Deshaun Watson not once, but twice.
We here at Cardinal Sports Zone appreciate all he did as a player and wish him the best in the NFL.
The official press release from the UofL Athletic Department is below.
Louisville Football’s Jaire Alexander to Enter NFL Draft
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville defensive back Jaire Alexander informed head coach Bobby Petrino on Friday morning that he has decided to enter the 2018 NFL Draft and will not play in the TaxSlayer Bowl against Mississippi State.
“I know it was a very difficult decision for Jaire,” Petrino said. “I appreciate the contributions he made to the program over the last three seasons, and I wish him all the best in the future.”
The Charlotte, N.C., product played in six games in 2017, totaling 19 tackles and one interception in limited action due to injury.
Despite Jaire Alexander missing a significant portion of this season due to an injury suffered in the first game, one draft analyst has him ranked as the best CB in this year’s draft class.
Luke Easterling of Draft Wire has Jaire atop his list of best CBs at this point in time. However, Easterling cautioned These rankings aren’t set in stone.
“These rankings will be fluid throughout the predraft process, based on film work, all-star performances, workouts numbers and other factors,” Easterling wrote.
Still this is lofty praise for Jaire Alexander and points to the fact this year may be his last in a UofL uniform.
You can read Luke Easterling’s complete list below.
Lamar Jackson has a lot on his plate at the moment. Finals just took place, he is currently in New York enjoying being a finalist for the Heisman for the second year in a row, preparing for Mississippi State in the TaxSlayer Bowl. Yet, we live in a world that is always looking ahead, so people are ready to find out if Lamar will be playing on Saturday or Sundays next year.
Please don’t think that this article is saying that Lamar Jackson will return to Louisville for his senior year because nobody knows what he will decide. I’m just simply pointing out that there is plenty of reasons for him to return. As much as I would love another year with him, I won’t be upset either way. Whatever is best for Lamar is what I am in favor of. But I am not ready to say that it’s a foregone conclusion that Lamar will enter this years NFL draft. I believe there is a decent chance he returns.
If you follow the NFL mock drafts then you already know that Lamar is projected to go as high as the 2nd pick and as low as late second round. Personally, I only put stock into the mock drafts that use information from NFL scouts. Most of those mock drafts don’t have Lamar being drafted in the first round. The consensus is that there will be 3, possibly 4, quarterbacks taken in the first round and 2 taken in the second. Many of those say that Lamar will be the fifth quarterback taken. But all this is assuming that Southern California quarterback Sam Darnold decides to enter the draft. The rumor is that he is leaning towards returning to school. That means the supply of quarterbacks in the first round might not fit the demand therefore benefitting Lamar. However, if Darold does decide to enter the draft, it seems as though the consensus is that the first 2 quarterbacks taken would be Darnold and Josh Rosen from UCLA. Read the rest of this entry
Jaire Alexander returned this week after breaking his hand in practice in October. He put crazy stats as usual and reminded everyone why he is a preseason AP All-American. PFF College breaks down the numbers for us from this past week.
There is a very real possibility that Lamar Jackson could play his final game as a Cardinal in Lexington. I know it’s not what I want either but we must brace ourselves for that fact. Selfishly, I want to see him play his senior year but the kid has given so much to the University and it’s fans, I will support any decision he makes – He has earned it.
There are several scenarios that could happen but the one I hate the most is that Lamar walks off the C.M. Newton Grounds at Kroger Field inside Commonwealth Stadium, to a chorus of Boo’s because he just handed them another loss. Or even worse, the fans cheering because, despite Lamar’s efforts, our defense just couldn’t get the job done.
Scenarios for Lamar’s last game as a Cardinal
- Louisville doesn’t become bowl eligible and he decides to enter the 2018 NFL draft.
- Louisville goes to a bowl but Lamar doesn’t play to prevent injury and protect draft status.
- Louisville goes to a lower level bowl and Lamar’s competitive juices refuse to let him sit out despite risk of injury.
- Lamar decides to come back for his senior year and plays his last game in PPJC vs UK.
- Lamar decides to come back for his senior year and plays his last game in a bowl game.
* Two of these scenarios would result in Lamar playing his last game in Lexington. Read the rest of this entry