Joe Jackson

Miami (Fla.)
DE

Prospect Info

College
Miami (Fla.)
Hometown
Class
Homestead, FL
Junior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 4"
275 lbs
34 1/8”
Hands
10”

Prospect Grade

5.55
Chance to Become NFL Starter
How We Grade

2019 Draft Results

Drafted by
Dallas
Cowboys
Round 5 ‧ Pick 27
40 Yard Dash
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Bench Press
22
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
27.0
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
109.0
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3 Cone Drill
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20 Yd Shuttle
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60 Yd Shuttle
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Playlist

Jackson was named the 2015 Class 5A-1A Male Athlete of the Year by the Miami Herald after excelling in football, basketball, and track at Homestead's Gulliver Prep. The four-star recruit decided to sign on with his hometown Hurricanes to help them retain national prominence. While Miami did not quite reach those heights during his three years in Coral Gables, it was not due to a lack of effort on his part. He posted 32 tackles, leading the team with 11.5 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks as a true freshman reserve (he started two of 13 games played). Jackson stood out in the team's Russell Athletic Bowl victory over West Virginia, posting four tackles and a sack. He started 12 of 13 games in 2017, recording 59 stops including 11.5 for loss and 6.5 sacks. Jackson was named honorable mention All-ACC as a junior, leading the Hurricanes with nine sacks among his 47 tackles, 14.5 for loss. He also intercepted on pass, broke up three others, and forced two fumbles.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Round 4
NFL Comparison
Za'Darius Smith
Overview
His "bull in a china shop" playing style may not look pretty, but it has created consistent production over the last three seasons. While his NFL-ready frame and play strength are a big plus, his lack of edge speed, bend and fluidity could cap has NFL rush success. Jackson is a natural 4-3 base end, but he may have the length and frame to handle 3-4 defensive end duties.
Strengths
  • NFL build with broad chest and well defined arms and shoulders
  • Naturally powerful without even trying
  • Quality length to work with when he uses it
  • Tackle-for-loss and sack production like clockwork all three years
  • Holds his ground at point of attack
  • A lot to handle for tackles and too much for tight ends
  • Re-sets hands back into blocker's frame
  • Presses the pocket with brute force as rusher
  • Adequate reactive athleticism to finish once he's in the pocket
  • Sustains his effort throughout the rush
  • Built to last with plus durability
Weaknesses
  • Tight in his hips
  • Doesn't press and extend to separate
  • Slow to rid himself off blockers who get into him
  • Not very instinctive
  • Plays with some pad elevation
  • Short-stepper lacks range as a tackler
  • Heavy feet and lacks fluidity to play in space
  • Slow-twitch rusher with no go-to counters
  • Would benefit with better early hands to set up tackles
Sources Tell Us

"You draft big, strong guys and then you let the coaches bring the rest of it out. He's the physical prototype and he's going to get a lot better as a rusher. I love the upside." -- Personnel director with AFC team

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GRADE
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