The Saints could easily have taken Pat Mahomes last year if he hadn't been taken one selection ahead of them. Drew Brees is back, but they are also keeping an eye on the future. Jackson has a lot of similarities to Mahomes, so Jackson could be a fit for New Orleans late in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft.<br> <br>
In 2017, Jackson completed 59 percent of his passes for 3,660 yards with 27 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He also averaged 6.9 yards per carry on the ground on his way to 1,443 yards and 17 rushing touchdowns. Some team sources think that Jackson is worthy of being a top-10 pick and will rise in the leadup to the 2018 NFL Draft, similar to Pat Mahomes last year. One general manager told me they think Jackson could be deserving of going high in the first round because he's a taller and better version of Michael Vick. In speaking to multiple league sources including a few general managers, they think Jackson is being undervalued right now similar to Deshaun Watson a year ago. <br> <br>
Jackson has a great athletic skill set, including a powerful arm that can make all throws the NFL requires and some rare passes. While his tremendous running ability gets a lot of attention, Jackson is better passing from the pocket than he is given credit for. Jackson will take some shots and deliver good passes in the face of the rush. He also handled Bobby Petrino's scheme well. Jackson can be inconsistent with his accuracy, and he needs to add weight to his frame for the NFL. He also needs to develop maturity in his leadership skills as he can be of one of the guys too much. <br> <br>
Jackson (6-2, 216) set college football on fire in 2016 while winning the Heisman Trophy. He was a massive point-producer for the Cardinals. Jackson completed 56 percent of his passes for 3,543 yards with 30 touchdowns and nine interceptions on the year. He also ran for 21 touchdowns and 1,571 yards while averaging six yards per carry.
The Cowboys could use a corner to pair with Chidobe Awuzie. <br> <br>
Alexander (5-11, 188) was very good for Louisville in 2016. He had 39 tackles with nine passes broken up and five interceptions. He also is a dangerous punt returner. There is a lot of upside for Alexander to develop.
<i> 2017 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 11/25): Carroll Phillips, OLB </i>
The Texans need two young offensive tackles. Right tackle Derek Newton recently suffered what looks like a career-ending injury, and Houston could use a young left tackle as Duane Brown is aging. <br> <br>
The 6-foot-6, 320-pounder started as a freshman and had an impressive season for Louisville. He has played well in 2016 as he opens holes in the ground game and protects Lamar Jackson well. Christian has a lot of talent to be even better while gaining experience.