Lamar Jackson indicates that he’ll meet with more teams

AP

Absent an agent to advance his case for being drafted as high as possible, quarterback Lamar Jackson needs to get the word out on his own. And he now is.

“I would like to thank all 32 teams for coming out to my pro day and for those that met with me before my pro day on my pro day and for those that are scheduled to meet with me after my pro day thank you all,” Jackson said on Twitter.

Jackson had a private workout for the Texans before his Pro Day workout, and he met with the Chargers after his throwing session. He didn’t disclose the other teams he’ll be meeting with.

Still, the reference to “all 32 teams” attending his workout likely was intended to indicate that all teams have interest in Jackson. With no agent to say those things on his behalf, Jackson is the one who has to do it.

The announcement from Jackson comes on the heels of a claim from Mike Mayock of NFL Network that teams have had a hard time scheduling visits and workouts with Jackson.

While it’s good that Jackson is taking the initiative to promote himself, he’d still benefit from having a skilled third party to affirmatively tout his skills — and to defend him against the negative things that agents representing other draft-eligible players surely are saying to scouts, coaches, and/or the media.

Here’s another way having a skilled agent would have helped Jackson. Whatever his Wonderlic score was (and we won’t be disclosing any of them here), it would have been higher, or at a minimum wouldn’t have been any lower, if Jackson had an agent who could have better prepared him for the test, especially since plenty of agents have over the years gotten their hands on all versions of the Wonderlic test.

43 responses to “Lamar Jackson indicates that he’ll meet with more teams

  1. Doubt an agent would make 13 any smarter. This is not the first, second, or third time we’ve seen wonderlic comparisons and what they show doesn’t indicate a need for an agent, they indicate a need for our colleges and high schools to stop fast tracking stupid people because they can play football.

  2. I don’t think the kid needs an agent. He probably needs one more than an experienced vet, being young, but I don’t need an admin to either speak for me nor schedule my appointments. I don’t have anything against agents but I do think this is much ado about nothing.

    And I completely disagree with the Wonderlic assertion. You don’t prepare for the Wonderlic. I agree with not disclosing scores but if you look through history at some of the lowest Wonderlic scores (and incidentally some of the more successful QBs in league history, including SEVERAL HoFers) they all had agents. Every one of them. And it didn’t help them score higher. Facts.

  3. pkrlvr says:
    March 31, 2018 at 10:36 am
    Doubt an agent would make 13 any smarter. This is not the first, second, or third time we’ve seen wonderlic comparisons and what they show doesn’t indicate a need for an agent, they indicate a need for our colleges and high schools to stop fast tracking stupid people because they can play football.

    Awesome comment. But it also shows the sheer lack of correlation between the Wonderlic and the ability to be an NFL QB.

  4. Who doesn’t want to see a better Michael Vick like on field player?? I hope he’s rookie of the year and wins a playoff game next season. Russell Westbrook makes boring regular season basketball almost watchable, maybe if they can get Jackson on a couple Monday Nighters, that might almost be as well.

  5. The average for suffesful NFL QB’s is in the high 20’s. I don’t think high 20’s is immpressuive for those who had access to superior schholing. Peopele forget Marino had a rather low one and he had the access.

    Testing shows education not intelligence. My partner and I had to remove 2nd grader from school for Child Services and the class was being taught in Spanish. Half the kids were black. My partner, who was hispanic, made sure she was removed. He lost it.

    Some guys are not molecular biology material but some never had the chance.

    I’d like to know how many naysayers have witnessed anything real world before being so judemental.

    The Wonderlic should be thrown out. I got 1 wrong (found a previous test) and I played HS QB and could not read past 1 progession.

    What they do on the whiteboard and film. Sometimes intelligence is a curse. You think too much. Depends on the person. Case by case, the thus the test is antiquated.

  6. Im all for players representing themselves. But its hard to know if you’re getting the best deal when you only negotiate got yourself. Almost have to pick a comparable peer and mimic or beat their deal.

  7. Obvious talent but it’s almost like he’s trying to depress his Draftstock. Mother is handling him (instead of getting an agent) and making it so difficult for teams to contact her and not returning calls, etc. Refusing to run the 40 at the Combine and his pro day – for no obvious reason – he’s healthy. Limiting the # challenging plays on his pro day with far too many checkdowns. Either really bad judgment or maybe it’s deliberate subterfuge. Makes one wonder if he already has a team locked in. Speculation will soar if he ends up getting drafted by New England.

  8. If agents have the Wonderlic test results, and having old test results improves your score, why do scores stay about the same every year?

    The Wonderlic is a simplified intelligence test – a quick and dirty IQ test. There’s little to nothing you can do to beat it.

  9. I give an “IQ” test to all my prospective employees, written in 1947. What it shows is the more varied jobs you have had, the higher you score, generally associated with your age. Imagine that. The lowest score ever on the test was a college graduate with a BE in civil engineering who had done nothing but school all his life. To me, it is just a big joke anymore, just like the inkspot tests psychologists give.

  10. Having your client waste time on a womderlic test prep–really? Not studying tape, getting stronger, or learning how to interview so that you can sI understand intelligent on TV s OK that you can get sponsors. Jackson is right not to do anything, but qb stuff less you have some team claim four years from now that Jackson should be tagged as a receiver.

  11. that’s laughable.. the Texans have no way to move up and take Jackson in this draft! its just another Texan publicity grab! Why would they want another Deshaun Watson clone anyway…

  12. Shoeless Lamar Jackson. best guess cant read or write . QBs spend lots of time with the media . he could be avoiding teams on purpose so the cat isn’t out of the bag. would you want him as the face of your team ?

  13. Wonderlic scores don’t mean anything. You’d actually be surprised at how many bad QB’s did well and how many good QB’s did poorly. Blaine Gabbert, Drew Henson, and Ryan Fitzpatrick have some of the highest scores of all time and some of the worst scores ever include Dan Marino, Jim Kelly, Tery Bradshaw, and Donovan Mcnabb with scores a 15 or less. Jackson is a freak athlete and I think he’s a first-round talent. He’ll be gone by the Chargers first round pick.

  14. Dan Marino scored a ten on the wonderlic… He turned out ok.

    Don’t understand all the ‘hate’ this kid gets. Well I understand perfect but will pretend I don’t.

  15. Wonderlick score is not that important for a QB as mobile as Jackson. Just outrun the defense and throw down the field. How difficult could it be?

  16. its just another Texan publicity grab! Why would they want another Deshaun Watson clone anyway..,
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    You wouldn’t want a clone of your star QB coming off the bench if he goes down? If Jackson is willing to play receiver and also be available to step in for Watson if and when he goes down, that could be a pretty cool set up for them. Obviously they wouldn’t take him with a high pick just to be a backup.

  17. What they do on the whiteboard and film. Sometimes intelligence is a curse. You think too much.
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    More like sometimes athleticism is a curse. You don’t think at all because all your football life you’ve just ran at the first sign of trouble because you’re athleticism was superior to other high school / college kids around you. Problem is, that doesn’t fly in the NFL because EVERYONE in the league is the best of the best athletes. You can’t just blindly rely on athleticism at this level, especially when you’re wirey and slight and narrow framed and won’t be able to withstand the punishment that these bigger faster stronger defenders will inflict week after week after week when you play that style.

    It’s AMAZING to me that at this level, people think you can just show up as a quarterback not understanding the nuances of the position, not thinking or understanding the game at a high level, and just run fast to = success. How many times has it been proven on the field that this logic does not fly? This isn’t a video game.

    Oh, but it’s “racist” to have a valid criticism/concern of a QB just because he’s black. Sure, whatever makes you feel like a valiant warrior of social justice. Good counter-argument. Clearly you understand so much about football. Phony righteousness is all that is.

  18. In the NFL, the primary fact remains that the QB’s job #1 is to make plays passing the football. This requires pre and post snap reads, protection calls, switching plays to best attack the defense, and making completions.

    A QB who runs first or runs 1A, will end up being another RG3, a QB who terrorizes defenses until he gets hurt and then loses speed and quickness.

    At this point, Jackson offers no upside beyond being a running QB who threatens to pass. His talents will be wasted unless there is an offensive system that can keep him healthy while remaining a non-typical RPO attack.

    Just as when Vick was playing, there is no such real world NFL system. The main reason teams will not restructure their entire offenses is there simply is no viable backup to turn to once Jackson gets dinged up or even sidelined. Just look at how the Eagles would have fallen by the wayside if Foles had not been available step in and make those crucial passes first and the threat of running second.

    Writers can tout Jackson’s significant athletic gifts without end, but then they do not have the responsibility to keep an offensive system and attack going for entire NFL season plus playoffs.

  19. I’m starting to like this kid, but good grief he’s as dumb as a box of rocks.

  20. A tinge of racism in some of the comments. I wonder what Baker Mayfield’s Wonderlic is…? Few seem to mention it.

    It really doesn’t matter because the guy has talent, and when it all shakes out, talent trumps all in the NFL.

  21. Who said you had to be a genius to be a great football player? And guess what, he was smart enough to win a Heisman! Jackedupboonie got it right, all reasonable people want to see a Michael Vick 2.0 on the field.

  22. unless his mom is a lawyer she is in over her head. talking contracts with the teams he will be lucky to make 500.00 a week. they will skin her alive. I hope he passes on cards. I wouldn’t want to put him out of his way or anything. he treated the pro day like he was just there because he had to.

  23. Mayfield is at least smart enough not to attempt to represent himself. We’ll see who goes higher. Talent trumps all and Lamar is the Heisman Trophy winner. so I guess we’ll see.

  24. harryhodag says:
    March 31, 2018 at 6:42 pm
    A tinge of racism in some of the comments. I wonder what Baker Mayfield’s Wonderlic is…? Few seem to mention it
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    For the record Mayfields Wonderlic is a very average 25.

  25. His college coach, Bobby Petrino did this kid a huge favor. He’s been preparing him for an NFL career. Look at his game tape through the years and see how he’s progressed. He’s a pocket passer. Alex Smith is probably as smart as any QB in history, and he’s still learning. Alex was given 5 or 6 years to learn. The amount of patience given to each QB varies, and a lot of it has to do with where they were drafted. A guy that’s drafted high is going to get on the field and he’s going to have to prove that he can’t play. A guy drafted later often has trouble getting an opportunity to get on the field, and he has to prove that he can play, and he has a very short time frame to make that happen. Some QB’s never get that chance to develop. Look at Blake Bortles. He’s been given multiple opportunities. He would have been cut a couple years ago if he was a 6th round pick, but he was a very high draft pick, so they stuck with him. He’s just now finally starting to come around. An undrafted guy like Kurt Warner never got on the field and was bouncing around from team to team. He only got a chance because Trent Green got injured, and they were forced to put him out there. Take a guy like Bryce Petty on the Jets. Would they give him the car keys and let him have 4 years as the starter to prove himself? He wasn’t a high enough pick, so he’ll be lucky to get on the field long enough to prove he can play. Jameis Winston is going to get multiple opportunities, and they’ll be willing to go through multiple head coaches before they pull the plug on him. He was the #1 pick. So if Jackson ends up being drafted high, he’ll have an opportunity. If he doesn’t go in the first round, he’ll probably never get on the field long enough to prove anything.

  26. jbaxt says:
    April 1, 2018 at 1:10 pm

    I wonder if you’d share the low score if he was a trump supporter

    Well Trump supporter and low intelligence go hand in hand so there’s that.

  27. marterthanyouoryours says:
    April 1, 2018 at 1:27 pm
    jbaxt says:
    April 1, 2018 at 1:10 pm

    I wonder if you’d share the low score if he was a trump supporter

    Well Trump supporter and low intelligence go hand in hand so there’s that.

    So that 13 score is indicative of Jackson being a Trump supporter?

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