NFL teams want Lions neg list QB Lamar Jackson to work out as a receiver

Lamar Jackson starred as a quarterback for the University of Louisville but multiple NFL teams reportedly have requested he work out as a receiver at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis.

Jackson is on the B.C. Lions negotiation list and the team would likely welcome him to play quarterback in Canada if he chose. It’s clear the 21-year-old – an electrifying player in college – would prefer to be a QB.

2012 Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel believes Jackson is a quarterback at the pro level.

The six-foot-two was one of the most explosive football players in America and the Lions added him to their negotiation list on Jan. 4, 2016. That move came after Jackson put up 453 total yards and four touchdowns in Louisville’s 27-21 Music Bowl victory on Dec. 31, 2015.

“He’s dynamic and definitely has the arm strength to be a quarterback in the pros,” a CFL scout says. “Mike Vick is an easy comparison because no one has been that dynamic since Vick.”

The dual-threat QB threw for 3,543 yards, 30 touchdowns and nine interceptions while rushing for 1,571 yards and 21 more scores in 13 games for the University of Louisville in 2016. Those numbers earned Jackson the Heisman Trophy as he became just the third quarterback in FBS history to throw for 30 and rush for 20 touchdowns in a single season (Tim Tebow in 2007 and Cam Newton in 2010 were the others.) All three won the Heisman.

Jackson threw for 3,660 yards, 27 touchdowns and 10 interceptions while completing 59.1 per cent of his passes and rushed for 1,601 yards and 18 touchdowns named a Heisman finalist as a junior. Then he declared for the 2018 NFL Draft.

Jackson will work out with the quarterbacks at the NFL Combine on Saturday.