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  • 5.00 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 28.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 102.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.64 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.80 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 6'4" Height
  • 295LBS. Weight


Jackson had a big sophomore year, registering 37 tackles, 10 for loss, and 8.5 sacks on his way to second-team All-SEC accolades. Although his sack numbers dwindled to 3.5 during the team's 2007 national championship season and 4.5 as a senior, he still made plays behind the line (10 TFL in '07, 10.5 in '08). While Jackson's lack of dominant speed off the edge may cost him a high draft position, his size, strength and commitment to team defense makes him a rather intriguing fit as a 3-4 end or 4-3 tackle.



Positives: Versatile defender who operates as an end in LSU's base 4-3 alignment, but could also be moved inside as a 4-3 under (3-technique) tackle or as an end in the 3-4 alignment. ... Good team defender. ... Understands his containment responsibilities. ... Excellent size and strength to stack at the point of attack. ... Flashes the ability to shed blocks and make the play. ... Good initial quickness off the snap. ... Can pressure the tackle's outside shoulder and has the strength to push the blocker into the pocket toward the quarterback or use his hands to rip off the block. ... Gets his hands up in the passing lane. ... Good lateral quickness and hand technique to disengage from blocks and make the play. ... Hustles to chase ballcarriers downfield. Negatives: Bit of a "tweener" for 4-3 teams. ... Lacks a great burst upfield, closing speed and the repertoire of pass-rush moves to be a dynamic outside pass rusher. ... Marginal speed to close. ... Does not change direction quickly in the backfield to prevent quarterbacks stepping up or getting yards with their feet.
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.