ESPN’s latest mock draft from Todd McShay is an insider story, but based on most of McShay’s comments about Lamar, it’s safe to assume he doesn’t have him in the first round.
Here’s where every other network currently has Lamar being draftd.
—USA Today: Pick No. 6 to the Cleveland Browns
6. Denver Broncos | Lamar Jackson | QB | Louisville
The Paxton Lynch experiment looks like a flop at this point, and the Broncos should strongly consider using their top-10 pick to swing away on another potential franchise quarterback. Jackson has as much upside as any passer in this class, with athleticism and explosiveness that sets him apart from the rest.
—CBS: Pick No. 12 to the Arizona Cardinals
12. Arizona Cardinals
Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville. Bruce Arians has coached big pocket passers in his career -- Ben Roethlisberger, Andrew Luck, and Carson Palmer -- and let's venture a guess that he's willing to shift his prototype at the position, a spot he knows better than any other. Jackson presents a variety of issues for opposing defenses, and his arrow is pointing up as a passer.
—SB Nation: Pick No. 11 to the New York Jets
11. New York Jets: Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville
Imagine the charismatic and mobile Louisville star with a big arm making plays for the Jets. Jackson could help rejuvenate a franchise that has relied on 38-year-old Josh McCown this season.
—NBC: Pick No. 24 to the Buffalo Bills
24. Buffalo Bills (via Kansas City Chiefs): Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville
So, the Bills were flirting with a quarterback in the 2017 draft. Perhaps the reigning Heisman winner has Buffalo or another team thinking they should call Mr. Jackson's name on Day 1.
—Walter Football: Pick No. 2 to the New York Giants
2. New York Giants: Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville
I had the Giants trade up for a quarterback earlier in the season. They no longer have to do that, as they can pick the top signal-caller the Browns don't want.
Eli Manning turns 37 in January, and he's in obvious decline. The Giants will likely have a new front office, so they'll want their own franchise quarterback.
The battle to be the top quarterback could be between Lamar Jackson and Josh Rosen if Sam Darnold returns to school, which is what I have happening in my 2019 NFL Mock Draft. If so, Jackson may ultimately win out, as he has higher upside and better intangibles. He needs to improve his ball placement, but coaches are going to fall in love with his skill set. One high-ranking personnel man in the NFC believes Jackson will be the top pick in the draft.