Comparative analysis was originally designed by French philosopher Augustus Comte in the mid-1800s. Ever since a number of renowned sociologists and philosophers have implemented its basis to help in their studies.

In short, its the comparison of two things that are alike. Whether it details the similarities or differences between the two, almost anyone has used this at some point. What was used to generate stats among sociological aspects, has become prevalent in the sports industry.

Every college athlete has to be someone that has come before them. If a particular individual is built a certain way or has qualities that are similar to a particular stereotype, that is their projection. It’s easy to do, and Lamar Jackson is catching the negative end of it.

Subtle, Misleading Disrespect

Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson is a 6’3, 212 lb dynamic Heisman winner that elevated a program when given the opportunity. In 37 games as the starting quarterback for the Cardinals, they have gone 24-13. While throwing for a career 67 touchdowns and 8872 yards, completing 57.4% of his passes, which ranks fourth among the top projected draft-eligible quarterbacks (Jackson, Mayfield, Rosen, Allen, Darnold), keep this in mind:

One of the more gifted athletes in NCAA football history, Jackson also amounted to 3974 yards on the ground with 49 touchdowns. He would actually be the first player in NCAA history to pass for 3000 yards and run for 1000 in consecutive seasons. “For purely being a skillful athlete that relies on his legs”, examine his growth as a passer.

From the 2016-17 season to the 17-18, Jackson’s accuracy increased from 56.2 to 60.4%. Throwing for about 50 yards less and 5 touchdowns, Jackson would have a career-low in interceptions at 6 in 2017-18. It would tie him at the second-lowest among the five quarterbacks listed above with Josh Allen at Wyoming. Jackson would also throw an interception per 67 passes, which is only eight less to Mayfield’s leading 74. Furthermore, adjusted completion percentage also details a great deal of what quarterbacks went through when attempting passes.

A Undertoned Privilege

Truthfully speaking, Jackson is falling victim to one specific factor out of his control. Another black athlete at the quarterback position that has the ability to run. Instead of finding ways to cooperate his style to modern NFL, which has taken on the spread system, hybrid players, and the read-option, comparisons are directed to former busts.

The next Vince Young or Robert Griffin III, simply because he has a dark pigment to his skin. It is not political or meant to label anyone racist, but its honesty.

No offense to Josh Allen, but as someone who won one conference game, Allen still has something Jackson does not, a chance. The chance resolves in the thinking that even though Allen would only throw for 13 touchdowns on the season, his “tools” (a white, “pocket passing” ideal QB who has a big arm) are raw, but translatable that could be worked with if landed on the right team. Where is the luxury for Jackson in this scenario? Why is it that it is an immediate dejection to being a receiver in the league?

Now, especially during this day and age, no one likes to be labeled a racist or associate in any manner of it. It is a globally sensitive topic that is addressed daily, but it still resides in its stereotypes of NFL evaluations. Deshaun Watson was the most recent candidate of this consisting issue. Devalued in any way possible, analysts went to the sole extent of his velocity as a passer. No matter the stats or what film shows, its either translating to a bust or position change.

Despite the narrative, Jackson is ready

During his career at Louisville, Jackson has not had much to brag about among his supporting cast. In his time there, Louisville is responsible for 13 NFL draft picks. 10 of which came on the defensive side of the ball, and 10 who left after the 2015 season. Having little to work with, Lamar was the reason this program found any success in the past three years. Averaging an 8-4 record, here is how Jackson fared against top opponents in conference, and in his two bowl games:

  • Jackson vs Clemson (0-2)* – 55.7 completion %, 306 passing yards/game, 2 passing TDs/game, 1 INT/game – 113 rushing yards/game, 1.5 rushing TDs/game
  • Jackson vs Florida State (2-1) – 61.3 completion %, 226 passing yards/game, 1.67 passing TDs/game, 0.7 INT/game – 118.7 rushing yards/game, 1.7 rushing TDs/game
  • Jackson vs Texas A&M 2015 (27-21) – 12 for 26, 227 passing yards, 2 passing TDs – 226 rushing yards, 2 rushing TDs
  • Jackson vs LSU 2016 (9-29) – 10 for 27, 153 passing yards, 0 passing TDs – 33 rushing yards, 0 rushing yards

(* – appeared in three games, started in only two)

Other than his performance against LSU, Jackson has deemed as one who can play under the bright lights. A talent that needs to taken seriously. A style that complements well into the NFL today. Let’s not fall into the old belief of mobile quarterbacks that does not exist anymore. It will not be immediate, but he deserves that chance.

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