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Buffalo Bills 2018 mock draft: QB Lamar Jackson goes 12th overall

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He’s a quarterback, not a receiver.

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After making the playoffs for the first time in 17 years last season, the Buffalo Bills are looking to take that next step and become a true contender. That’s never easy when you’re in the same division as the New England Patriots, but there’s always the Wild Card.

To help get their team to the next level, we have hired commenter Thorpac to take the franchise to the next level.

With the 12th pick in the Pride of Detroit Community Mock Draft, the Bills have selected Louisville quarterback (NOT RECEIVER) Lamar Jackson. Here is Thorpac’s reasoning:

The Bills would like to thank the other 31 teams for not selecting, or trading up to select, future Hall of Fame QB Lamar Jackson.

Jackson was far and away the No. 1 choice on my draft board. I would have easily taken him No. 1 overall, had the Bills traded up to that pick. With a year or so of NFL-level coaching and learning behind AJ McCarron, Jackson would be set up to be a hybrid of Aaron Rodgers and Michael Vick. (Good luck getting even two-thirds of that from a Josh Allen or a Josh Rosen!)

Jackson’s skill set has two flaws: He has footwork issues that lead to missed throws, and he needs to add bulk to his frame. That’s it. Other than that, Jackson has everything you’re looking for in an NFL quarterback. And luckily, both of those flaws are (a) coachable/repairable and (b) can be worked on while Jackson absorbs the playbook and adjusts to the NFL next year.

Drafting Jackson gives the Bills a long-term answer at QB, which is something this team has not had since Jim Kelly and the Wide Righters. With another first round pick (#22) and two second rounders (#53, #56), the Bills are now in position to reload quickly and compete with Ageless Tom in the AFC East.

Jackson’s positives

1. Strong arm w/good accuracy when feet are set
2. Ran a complex offense in college (negates the low Wonderlic score)
3. Great pocket presence
4. Can escape and extend plays
5. Worst case scenario: We try Jackson as a WR in three years?

Jackson’s negatives

1. Needs a year to work on footwork
2. Skinny like a kicker
3. Will probably require a massive contract extension in five years

Catch up with all of the picks with our POD Community Mock Draft tracker.

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