Lamar Jackson opted out of 40-yard dash at NFL Combine due to WR talk

Lamar Jackson (Getty Photographs)

Lamar Jackson would have been the quickest quarterback at the NFL Combine, however he determined not to run the 40-yard dash. He participated in all of the throwing drills, however his determination to partcipated within the forty left some analysts curious.

Talking to NFL Community’s NFL Now crew, Jackson admitted the current talk of him enjoying extensive receiver led to him not wanting to run.

“I did not need to present it out right here, they have been speaking about receiver and stuff like that so I did not really feel I ought to do it,” Jackson stated. “At first I used to be going to run, as a quarterback, however then they stated vast receiver and I had to allow them to know I used to be simply going to throw today.”

Jackson stated it was “completely” disrespectful that groups need him as a receiver, however stated none of the groups talked about that to him in any of his conferences. 

“[There are] lots of quarterbacks who had my capability to make individuals miss, however they by no means labeled them as a large receiver, so I really feel I ought to have an opportunity at quarterback,” he stated.


In case you have not seen, some NFL groups needed the previous Louisville Heisman-profitable quarterback to participate in WR drills. Whereas the groups might not have requested Jackson himself, they appeared to make it recognized in secret. And in accordance to NFL Media, he wasn’t the one participant groups needed to see run totally different drills.

So far as his passing drills went, Jackson admitted he might have carried out higher.

“I felt I did fairly good today, there have been lots of passes I needed again, however you realize, you’ll be able to’t be good,” he stated.

Whereas Jackson did not participate within the 40-yard dash at the Combine, he did say he was going to run it at his Louisville professional day. The QB additionally stated if he had to predict his forty time, he says he would have run within the four.three vary, says he probably would have matched a four.38.

Louisville’s professional day takes place on March twenty ninth, so we’ll know for positive by then.