Ravens' John Harbaugh impressed by Jackson's accuracy

By The Sports Xchange  |  May 5, 2018 at 5:13 PM
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One perceived knock on Lamar Jackson coming into the 2018 NFL Draft centered on his accuracy, with one unnamed offensive coordinator going so far as to say "when he throws, he hopes."

Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh apparently doesn't share that view.

Harbaugh praised the accuracy of the former Louisville quarterback on Saturday, just nine days removed from the team selecting him with the 32nd overall pick of the draft.

"The thing that I was really impressed with is I thought he was accurate," Harbaugh told reporters of the 21-year-old Jackson. "You read the reports and stuff like that but he's a naturally talented thrower. He's got natural arm talent. And that's something that I think people were questioning. So to see him out here throwing the ball naturally and very accurately I thought was a big plus."

Jackson passed for more than 3,500 yards and ran for more than 1,500 in each of the final two college seasons before declaring early for the 2018 NFL Draft.

The 2016 Heisman Trophy winner hopes to one day unseat current starter Joe Flacco.

Flacco, who was hampered by a back injury last season, completed 64.1 percent of 352 pass attempts for 3,141 yards. The 33-year-old had a career-low 5.7 yard per attempt average with 18 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.

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