Photo of Malik Jackson
Grade
50.0 ?
  • 4.91 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 25 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 28.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 105.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.38 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.41 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 6'5" Height
  • 33 3/4" Arm Length
  • 284LBS. Weight
  • 9" Hands

Overview

Jackson came to UT after leaving USC during the grace period granted to players there during the NCAA-imposed sanctions, and has really blossomed during his time in the SEC, becoming a two-year starter for the Volunteers. Although severely undersized for the defensive tackle position (he had to gain weight early in his career at USC to even see playing time at DE), Jackson has gotten upwards of 270 pounds and been an effective scheme player when slanting and stunting for Tennessee. He will likely switch back to DE in the NFL, but 3-4 base defense teams could be excited about him playing DE considering his time spent inside. He has seventh-round value as a versatile d-lineman.

Analysis

Strengths

Jackson is quick off the ball, and more effective when given space to not have to face bigger linemen, usually through a schematic call that allows him to run free through a gap. Although undersized, he is able to hold up bigger linemen and then shed those players to get to the ball. He had good rush production inside even though he was often physically overmatched, and once in the backfield he is a fluid mover toward the ball.

Weaknesses

Jackson can get washed out at times by stronger offensive linemen. Strength has been his consistent Achilles heel and it's a wonder that he survived after being moved inside after transferring. He is better suited at end and even then could struggle to get off blocks against Pro Bowl-caliber offensive linemen.
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.
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