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One NFL fan thinks he's uncovered a smear campaign against QB Lamar Jackson

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The 2018 NFL draft is now just nine days away and fans are eager to find out who their team is going to pick. 

For fans of the Cleveland Browns, the New York Giants and the New York Jets, this year is especially exciting as they have the first three picks. 

What makes it even more interesting, is that all three are expected to draft quarterbacks and the likes of Sam Darnold, Josh Allen and Baker Mayfield are expected to go very early. 

Although those three have been taking most of the headlines in recent months, there are other quarterbacks who could also be picked in the first round. 

One of those less-mentioned names is Lamar Jackson. The Heisman Trophy winner, coming out of Louisville has the potential to be starting in the NFL within the next few years. 

However - he's not been getting too much media attention ahead of the draft and much of what he is getting is negative.  

With just over a week until the draft, one NFL fan thinks he's uncovered a smear campaign against the QB - because he doesn't have an agent or any management. 

Reddit user boredymcbored believes that the media narrative, "controlled by agents", has been making Jackson "seem like less of a top pick" compared to the rest of the league. 

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And why are they doing that? Well, the Reddit poster believes that "agents are scared he could be setting a precedent and lose them money in the long run". 

Here's the "proof" that the fan uses to back up his theory. 

"About a week ago, a PFT article was released detailing the story behind Lamar Jackson’s inability to communicate effectively with front offices interested in him as a prospect," he wrote. 

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“Per a league source, one team tried at least seven times to contact Jackson. The team in question wasn’t able to reach him, and the team as of earlier on Thursday had not heard back from him.”

The Reddit user is fine with that part of the article (for now) but claimed that as it went on the story got more questionable. 

He says that Mike Florio, who wrote the piece, goes on to "very extensively, list all of the positives of an agent" while taking an angry tone towards Richard Sherman's decision not to hire an agent either.

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Furthermore, he puts forward the case that Florio "seems to care about the agent side a little bit more than Jackson or Sherman" and that Florio's other work "seems to take to heart agents not getting hired by NFL talent".

The Reddit user also claims it's not just Florio who's unfairly negative towards Jackson. He cited a tweet from Albert Breer back in March, which read: 

"So Louisville QB Lamar Jackson won't record a 40 time and has been difficult for teams to reach. Seems like he may not be getting the best advice."

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The fan argues that "Breer is taking on that same defensive tone that Florio used before, lecturing Lamar about not having an agent" and continues: 

"The question is, is that even true? Is it really that hard to get a hold of Lamar Jackson?" According to him, probably not. Why? Well, he even explains that too.

"Lamar has met with the Texans, Browns, Dolphins, Ravens, Browns, Patriots, Chargers etc" and he then quotes Marcellus Wiley to prove there’s no way these suggestions could be true.

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Wiley said: “When you are someone that is coveted, they will be at your doorstep they will beat you down, be on your voicemail, don’t give me this”

The Reddit poster argues that Jackson has higher projections than Wiley did in his respective draft so asks "how could this communication thing be true if former players themselves aren’t buying it?"

He simply concludes that "it probably isn't". 

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Still following? What the fan basically says to wrap up, is that we shouldn't be so trusting of media around the NFL draft when those who are evaluating the prospects have interests in certain players being drafted high. 

Whether there's any more evidence to back up the theory remains to be seen, but it certainly makes for an interesting discussion. 

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