On Wednesday, following NFL Network analyst Bucky Brooks' suggestion that Lamar Jackson could be a strong option for New England as it looks to rebuild its quarterback depth behind Brady, the three-time MVP gave Jackson a strong endorsement on Instagram:
Jackson's skills as a runner have drawn comparisons to Mike Vick after he posted back-to-back seasons of 1,500-plus rushing yards at Louisville. As a passer, he threw for 57 touchdowns and 19 interceptions over those two years, although there are scouting concerns about his accuracy.
Currently, Brooks projects Jackson to be selected ahead of the Patriots' opportunity to do so; in his latest mock draft, Brooks places Jackson at No. 16 overall with the Baltimore Ravens. Opinions vary wildy on the draft stock of the 2016 Heisman Trophy winner, however. NFL.com analyst Chad Reuter projects him as high as No. 9, while analyst Charley Casserly doesn't have Jackson going in the first round at all.