Louisville QB Lamar Jackson shoots down WR move

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INDIANAPOLIS -- Lamar Jackson showed up at the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine to prove he's a quarterback.

Considering his credentials, Jackson is understandably surprised to be on "prove it" territory before the 2018 NFL Draft.

"No team has asked me to play wide receiver," Jackson said Friday at the Indianapolis Convention Center. "I don't even know where that came from. I'm strictly a quarterback."

Reports surfaced Wednesday that NFL teams would request Jackson work out with wide receivers. Because of his speed -- estimated in the 4.35 range -- and athleticism, former NFL general manager Bill Polian of ESPN suggested last week that Jackson would make a better wide receiver than quarterback. Polian was also on the record, it should be noted, stating that the Cleveland Browns should use a top pick on all-time bust Johnny Manziel.

Jackson had 7,203 passing yards the past two seasons and won the Heisman Trophy after his epic 2016 season, which included 21 rushing touchdowns and 1,571 yards as a ballcarrier.

Because of Jackson's "dynamic" athletic ability, Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider said Friday he can understand why teams would consider him at a playmaking skill position such as wide receiver.

However, Schneider also said Jackson is a quarterback on the Seahawks' board. Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said Jackson is "definitely" a quarterback prospect, and the Kansas City Chiefs rated Jackson as one of the best at his position in the 2018 draft class.

"That's crazy," Jackson said. "You know, I thought I did a good job at quarterback. I thought I did. I'm here at the combine now. I've got to show it."

Jackson, who is using his mother as his manager and will not hire an agent, said he would offer a "no thank you" to teams requesting he work out at wide receiver.

--Jeff Reynolds, Field Level Media