Lamar Jackson: His Career Will Be Like One Of Two Players

Before the 2018 NFL Draft, I was almost certain on the player or players comparison I had for Lamar Jackson. Based on his style of play and his career at Louisville, I believed he was identical to these two NFL players. Then Lamar Jackson was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens to be the future of the franchise at quarterback after Joe Flacco. During the 2018 NFL season, when Jackson took over and had playing time, he showed why he was worthy of being selected in the first round. He was productive in the passing game putting up 1,201 yards and the rushing game having 695 yards. After this season I still think he will have a career like either Michael Vick or Tyrod Taylor. Let’s take a look at how each of these quarterbacks compares to Lamar Jackson.

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Michael Vick to Lamar Jackson

In thirteen seasons where Michael Vick actually played, he had 22,464 passing yards and 133 passing touchdowns. Vick also had 6,109 rushing yards and 36 rushing touchdowns as well. Michael Vick also had 88 interceptions and 41 fumbles in his career. I see Lamar Jackson possibly being in the NFL for 10 to 15 years. Either as a starter or a backup quarterback.

I could see his stats being around 23,000 to 27,000 passing yards and 135 to 155 touchdown passes. As far as the rushing game by the end of his career, he could have anywhere from 6,500 to 9,000 rushing yards. Along with 50 to 75 rushing touchdowns. I think on the downside Lamar Jackson could have 75 to 90 interceptions and 30 to 40 fumbles after about 13 to 15 years in the NFL. That’s from a stats standpoint, the one other thing to compare is team success.

Michael Vick led teams in the NFL never did better than 11-5 in the regular season. They also never made it past the conference championship. If Lamar Jackson has the type of career I believe he can have, he could lead a team to records of 10-6 to 12-4 and possibly to a Super Bowl. I think in a 10 to 15-year career, Jackson can make it to the playoffs eight times. Lose in the wildcard round three times. Losing in the divisional round twice. Lose in the conference title once. However, he could make it to the Super Bowl twice. The biggest thing I think Lamar Jackson has the potential to do is win a Super Bowl ring. If not with the Baltimore Ravens, then with some team he can.

Tyrod Taylor to Lamar Jackson

Tyrod Taylor’s career isn’t over yet, but he is currently a backup to Philip Rivers on the Los Angeles Chargers. Lamar Jackson could have a career like Tyrod Taylor’s if he doesn’t succeed in these first four or five years. If Lamar does well with the Baltimore Ravens in these coming few years then there is nothing to worry about. If Lamar Jackson isn’t successful, he could end up on a team where he has to prove himself and have a breakout season.

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Like for example Tyrod Taylor with the Buffalo Bills from 2015 to 2017. He had 8,857 yards passing in these three seasons and 51 passing touchdowns. Or possibly Lamar Jackson could end up as a backup quarterback in the NFL. Taylor, for example, was a backup from 2011 to 2014 with the Baltimore Ravens, ended up as the backup in Cleveland last season, and this year will be the backup quarterback for the Chargers. Lamar Jackson must continue to have success and avoid injuries to not end up as a backup quarterback in the NFL.

Lamar Jackson’s NFL career could go either way and nobody can really predict from one season how a player’s career will be. In my opinion, based off my pre-draft analysis from 2018 and the 2018 NFL season by Lamar Jackson, I think he will be like Michael Vick. After about 10 to 15 seasons he will have a little bit more passing yards, passing touchdowns, a good amount more rushing yards, and maybe double the amount of rushing touchdowns. Also, believe his interceptions and fumbles could be close to the same numbers. The major difference between Michael Vick and Lamar Jackson I have is that potentially Lamar could win a Super Bowl for an organization. Only time will tell though how Lamar Jackson’s NFL career is going to go. Thus we will see how this analysis stacks up.

Who do you compare Baltimore Ravens QB Lamar Jackson to? Leave a comment below.

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