CRAWFORD | Louisville's Lamar Jackson goes to Baltimore with final first-round pick of NFL Draft
Lamar Jackson, who won the Heisman Trophy as a quarterback at Louisville, was taken in the first round of the NFL Draft.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Lamar Jackson, who won the Heisman Trophy as a sophomore quarterback at Louisville and was a finalist for the award as a junior, was selected with the 32nd pick of the NFL Draft after the Baltimore Ravens acquired the pick from the Philadelphia Eagles in a trade.
It's the same circumstance that Teddy Bridgewater experienced in 2014, when Minnesota traded to snag him with the final pick of the first round.
Jackson, speaking with Deion Sanders of the NFL Network after being selected, answered, when Sanders said, "I can see you're a little bit upset," said, "Yes sir."
He also said, "I'm just glad to be a Raven. . . . They're going to get a Super Bowl out of me, you can believe that."
Jackson made headlines during the draft process by choosing not to hire an agent, and there were murmurs that some teams had difficulty getting him for workouts.
Jackson, who was invited to the draft's Green Room, spent close to an hour broadcasting live video via his Instagram account, punctuating the moments up to his selections with multiple exclamations of "Oh my God!" and, "They just need to hurry up and call my name."
But teams were not in a hurry. Jackson had to wait through the names of Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield, the 2017 Heisman winner and No. 1 overall pick, as well as USC Sam Darnold with the No. 3 overall pick, Wyoming QB Josh Allen at No. 7 and UCLA's Josh Rosen at No. 10.
Then he had to wait as teams he had worked out for either traded picks or went for other players. New England, for whom he worked out, passed on him with a pick at No. 23.
Still, Jackson finished the night still waiting to find out where his chance to to play quarterback in the NFL will come.
In a league that values predictability, he does't fit the usual template. Still, he'll take his fast-break, high-speed style to the NFL, and he'll do it as a first-round draft pick, even if only barely.
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