Possible Lamar Jackson replacements in the 2023 NFL Draft: Hendon Hooker, Tennessee
Lately, there have been very few players who have risen in mock drafts like Tennessee quarterback Hendon Hooker. Because of his injury last year, Hooker was looked at as a possible Round 3-4 type of pick. But now, he's been mocked in the first by some outlets.
It isn't too crazy to think Hooker could go in the first round, especially if the Ravens are officially going to move on from Jackson. They could give Hooker a year, be patient, and allow Huntley to have the job for 2023. Hooker tore his ACL last year, but recent news has actually indicated that he'll be ready for the start of this next regular season.
Now, he still won't have a full offseason of work and likely wouldn't be able to have enough time to earn the starting role. But, depending on whether or not Huntley struggles, it isn't out of the question to believe Hooker might take over at some point.
Remember, Hooker was a Heisman candidate before going down. In 11 games, he threw for over 3,100 yards, 27 touchdowns and just two interceptions. Not to mention, he ran for 430 yards and five scores. Take his production the last two seasons, and you'd get nearly 6,200 passing yards, 58 touchdowns and five picks.
This is a true pocket passer with plenty of experience (25 years old) and the ability to take off and use his legs. Hooker could be the real deal, and if the Ravens want to take their chance on an older rookie, it might pay off.