The Chicago Bears drafted their franchise quarterback last year, but that’s not stopping them from meeting with talented passers at the 2018 NFL Combine. As reported by Eric Edholm of Pro Football Weekly, the Bears met with Louisville’s Lamar Jackson. This could be the Bears just doing their due diligence in case Jackson falls into their laps in the second round, because I don’t see any scenario in which the Bears draft him in the first.
And about those reports that teams asked Jackson to work out at wide receiver, “No teams have asked me to play wide receiver. I don’t know where that’s come from,” Jackson told the media Friday at the NFL scouting combine. “Strictly at quarterback.” While his Louisville offense had many of the college staples we’re used to seeing (read option, spread concepts, RPOs), it was the Erhardt-Perkins system that he ran. That’s the same system that the Patriots and Steelers run.
Jackson (6’2”, 216) won the Heisman Trophy after his 2016 season, but his 2017 season was just as outstanding. If the Bears didn’t grab Mitchell Trubisky last year, I’d be all for them taking Jackson.
What do you guys make of the Bears meeting with Jackson?