Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh likes what he’s seen from Lamar Jackson through two days at the team’s rookie minicamp.
Harbaugh specifically cited Jackson’s accuracy as a big positive after seeing the 2016 Heisman Trophy winner throw.
The thing I was really impressed with is I thought he was accurate, Harbaugh said, via ESPN’s Jamison Hensley. You read the reports … but he’s a naturally talented thrower. He has natural arm talent. That’s something that I think people were questioning. To see him out here throwing the ball naturally and very accurately, I thought it was a big plus.
Griffin, who had his left hand amputated when he was a child, has had a spectacular offseason since helping UCF to an undefeated year. He’s been a star at the combine and personal workouts, but having only one hand is clearly giving NFL teams pause and he did not go in the first 100 picks. Among the schools that had no one chosen in the first three rounds were Michigan State, Wisconsin, Kansas State, Washington State and Nebraska. Yet South Carolina State, Sam Houston State, South Dakota State, Humboldt State and Fort Hays State each had a selection.
More booing accompanied the next pick, but not for Goodell: Dallas’ archrival the New York Giants chose Barkley, considered the best talent in this year’s class. It capped quite a few days for Barkley, whose girlfriend gave birth to a baby girl earlier this week.
“I’ve been able to be accepted into the fatherhood and have my first child, my daughter,” he said. “From here on now, I’ve got to do everything to represent her and try to set an example for her, for the good things I do and the mistakes I make in my life that she can learn from.”
That was also the year Cleveland drafted Joe Thomas with their first pick (and our friend and colleague Brady Quinn with their other first-round selection), but they almost went in a very different direction.
Instead of taking Thomas, the Browns front office wanted to draft… JaMarcus Russell.