Sometime very soon, that is going to change.
And Jackson brings some confidence too. "Believe that. Believe that". "I don't know. But that helped us make the trade, because we felt like there was a cluster of guys that were kind of grouped together".
"So Belichick is sitting there, does he trade one of those assets - one of those five-year contracts to get a quarterback of the future?" Jackson, the 2016 Heisman Trophy victor, was one of the most dynamic players in college football and one of the most debated players in this draft.
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ESPN analyst and former National Football League general manager Bill Polian, for instance, doesn't see Jackson as a quarterback at the next level. That was ridiculous, and Jackson instantly shot down that possibility, but it framed the entire debate on Jackson.
Of course, not all talent evaluators agree about Jackson; NFL Media's Tom Pelissero passed along one particularly damning assessment of the QB from an NFL offensive coordinator. "Just wanted to talk and stuff like that, so it was pretty cool for me".
Despite the lower completion percentage, Jackson still averaged 8.5 yards per attempt last season.
"When my name finally got called, I was like, man I'm glad I wore this suit", said Jackson, who donned a green suit with a bow tie.
Jackson has proven to be a dual-threat quarterback with both his arm and legs over the last two years, helping him become the first player in college football history to notch at least 3,500 passing yards and 1,500 rushing yards in back-t0-back seasons.