Photo of Malik Jackson
Drafted By: Broncos
  • Round 5
  • Pick 2
  • Overall 137

Combine Results

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

Draft Analysis:

Bucky Brooks' take: The Broncos continue to add big bodies to their defensive line with the selection of Jackson. He will fight for a spot within the rotation and contribute as a part-time player.

  • 6'4" Height
  • 33 3/4" Arm Length
  • 284LBS. Weight
  • 9" Hands

Overview

Jackson came to UT after leaving USC and has blossomed in the SEC, becoming a two-year starter for the Volunteers. Although undersized for the defensive tackle position, Jackson has gotten upward 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 to playing end and even then could struggle to get off blocks against Pro Bowl-caliber offensive linemen.
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Grade Title Draft (Round) Description
96-100 Future Hall of Famer Top Pick A once-in-a-generation type prospect who could change how his position is played
85-95 Immediate Starter 1st An impact player with the ability/intangibles to become a Pro Bowl player. Expect to start immediately except in a unique situation (i.e. behind a veteran starter).
70-84 Eventual Starter 2nd-3rd A quality player who will contribute to the team early on and is expected to develop into a starter. A reliable player who brings value to the position.
50-69 Draftable Player 4th-7th A prospect with the ability to make team as a backup/role player. Needs to be a special teams contributor at applicable positions. Players in the high range of this category might have long-term potential.
20-49 Free Agent UDFA A player with solid measurables, intangibles, college achievements, or a developing skill that warrants an opportunity in an NFL camp. In the right situation, he could earn a place on a 53-man roster, but most likely will be a practice squad player or a camp body.

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