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Who Is The Fastest Quarterback In The NFL?

Are you wondering who the fastest quarterback in the NFL is? In 2019, Lamar Jackson surpassed Michael Vick in the Madden NFL ‘19 speed ratings. In fact, he broke Madden rookie records for reaching above 90 in this category. This achievement made him the fastest quarterback in the NFL. 

He was upgraded to a 96 speed when the Madden ratings were updated last year. Vick used to be holder of the title as the fastest quarterback at 95 speed when he was still a member of the Falcons. 

According to Michael Vick, Jackson has an aggressive style of play. He also said that he’s not one to hold back or let go, and he can beat a defense either with his arm or with his legs. Vick also told USA TODAY Sports, that perhaps the best thing Jackson has in his game is confidence.[1]

Lamar Jackson’s Background 

Lamar Demeatrice Jackson Jr., born on the 7th of January 1997, is an American football quarterback for the Baltimore Ravens. He was titled NFL’s Most Valuable Player in 2019—and was the second player to receive a unanimous selection for the award. He is also the fourth African-American quarterback to earn that title.

He won his Heisman Trophy, Maxwell Award, Walter Camp Award in college. Also, during his sophomore year back in 2016, he was unanimously selected as an All-American. 

In the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft, Jackson was selected with the 32nd overall pick by the Ravens. Even though he started his rookie season as a backup, he became the team’s starting quarterback following an injury to starter Joe Flacco. 

During the season, Jackson helped the team win the AFC North division title and, in turn, became the youngest quarterback to start a playoff game. His first full season as starter began in 2019; that’s when he set a record for the most rushing yards in a season by a quarterback and led the league with 36 touchdown passes.

Some of The Fastest Quarterbacks Next to Lamar Jackson

If you want to know who are the fastest quarterbacks next to Lamar Jackson, below is a list based on Madden ‘20 ratings last year. There’s also some information about them.

1. Kyler Murray, Arizona Cardinals; 91 Speed-75 Overall

In the 2019 NFL Draft, Murray was drafted first overall by the Cardinals. Aside from that, in the 2018 MLB draft, he was also chosen ninth overall by the Oakland Athletics. This shows that he’s the only player to ever be drafted in the first rounds of both sports at the same time. Murray was rated a 91 speed rating in Madden 20, which is second among all quarterbacks. [2]

2. Taysom Hill, New Orleans Saints; 90 Speed-62 Overall

Taysom Shawn Hill, born on the 23rd of August 1990, is an American football quarterback and utility player for the New Orleans Saints. He played college football for the BYU Cougars, and showed impressive athletic ability at BYU’s pro day. 

At the 2017 NFL Combine, his 40-yard dash of 4.44 seconds and 38.5-inch vertical jump would have finished first among all participating quarterbacks, defeating Texas A&M’s Trevor Knight’s 4.54-second 40-yard dash and 35.5-inch vertical.

3. Marcus Mariota,Tennessee Titans; 88 Speed-70 Overall

Marcus Ardel Taulauniu Mariota, born on the 30th of October 1993, is an American football quarterback for the Las Vegas Raiders. 

In the 2015 NFL Draft, he was drafted by the Tennessee Titans second overall. He was the starting quarterback when he played college football at Oregon from 2012 to 2014. As a Junior in 2014, Mariota became the first University of Oregon player ever, and the first Hawaii-born athlete as well, to win the Heisman Trophy.

4. Tyrod Taylor, Los Angeles Rams; 88 Speed-70 Overall

Tyrod Di’allo Taylor, born on the 3rd of August 1989, is an American football quarterback for the Los Angeles Chargers. 

When he played college football for Virginia Tech, he led the Hokies to the 2009 Orange Bowl as a Sophomore and 2011 Orange Bowl during his senior year. In the sixth round of the 2011 NFL Draft, he was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens. He became the backup to starting quarterback Joe Flacco, including during the Ravens’ Super Bowl XLVII victory over the San Francisco 49ers.

Final Words

Being fast is a great advantage for any NFL player. Speedy counter attacks can make any player dangerous for the opposition. Even though a player is not fast enough, he can still be good at accuracy. 

In conclusion, being fast is good but being accurate is also something to consider. And to be good in both of these qualities can make any player become a world class player. What can you say about this? Do you think being fast is as good as being accurate? Let us know what you think!

Resources:

[1] Madden 20: Lamar Jackson surpasses Michael Vick as fastest ….” 27 Nov. 2019, https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/2019/11/27/madden-20-lamar-jackson-surpasses-michael-vick-fastest-quarterback/4317001002/. Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.
[2] “Madden 20: 10 fastest quarterbacks (QBs) – App Trigger.” 25 Dec. 2019, https://apptrigger.com/2019/12/25/madden-20-fastest-qbs/. Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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