Despite many mock drafts and experts believing the Los Angeles Chargers would select Lamar Jackson with their first-round pick, it appears the franchise didn't even view the former Heisman winner as a quarterback.
The stars seemed to align for the Chargers on draft night, Jackson was available when they were on the clock, but he may not have been a realistic option for them with the 17th overall selection.
On “The Lounge Podcast,” Jackson revealed Los Angeles viewed him as a receiver rather than a quarterback.
“It was a Chargers scout who told me about it. He was the first one to come to me about it. I’m like, ‘What?’ He caught me off guard with it. I even made a face at first like, ‘What?’ I thought he was trying to be funny but he kept going with it. So it just became blown out of proportion.”
Jackson continued to explain that encounters like the one he had with Los Angeles was the reason he decided to not participate in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine.
It’s too early to tell just yet, but this could be an awful look for Los Angeles. If Jackson can become a star, the organization will be kicking themselves.
However, there is the slim chance that the Chargers saw something the Baltimore Ravens, who have an extremely strong track record at the Draft, did not.
The Ravens have stated that Jackson they saw Jackson as a quarterback, but will try to get him on the field in any way possibly next year. Either as a receiver or running back.
The Bolts and Ravens face off week 16 in Los Angeles. What are the odds that Jackson scores a touchdown as a wide receiver to give Chargers fans an early Christmas present?