Leon Jacobs

Wisconsin
EDGE

Prospect Info

College
Wisconsin
Hometown
Class
San Pedro, CA
r-Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 1"
246 lbs
33 1/2”
Hands
9 5/8”

Prospect Grade

5.51
Chance to Become NFL Starter
How We Grade

2018 Draft Results

Drafted by
Jacksonville
Jaguars
Round 7 ‧ Pick 12
40 Yard Dash
4.48
Seconds
 
Bench Press
26
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
34.5
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
122.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
7.14
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.44
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
12.15
Seconds
 
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The departure of Vince Biegel and T.J. Watt to the NFL opened up a door for Jacobs heading into the 2017 season. He had earned a starting role at inside linebacker in 2015, starting three of four games played (10 tackles, two for loss) before a foot injury ended his season. Jacobs ended up being a regular contributor in a reserve role at inside linebacker and fullback in 2016, playing in all 14 games (37 tackles, one for loss, one interception). As a sophomore, the former three-star recruit from San Pedro, California, started once in 14 games played inside (28 tackles, two for loss). The previous year, he played as a reserve outside defender, making seven stops, one for loss.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 4-5
NFL Comparison
Mario Addison
Overview
Traits-based edge prospect who possesses strength, speed and power, but is more of a project at this point than a game-ready talent. Jacobs looks the part and should test well, but he needs to improve his technique as both a pass rusher and as an edge-setter. Jacobs got lost for awhile behind the depth at his position at Wisconsin, but he has the explosiveness and the potential to become a much more impactful pro player than he was in college.
Strengths
  • Looks like a "dude" with long arms and an athletic, cut frame
  • Has experience at inside and outside linebacker
  • Explosive athlete with background as a talented hooper
  • His athletic flashes can be pronounced
  • Has agility to drop and cover in space
  • Has length to become much better as an edge-setter
  • Able to stick a foot in the ground and explode when changing directions
  • Has more power at his disposal than he plays with
  • Possesses speed to close down the corner against stretch plays and jet sweeps
  • His upfield burst as a rusher can get charged up
  • Inside moves are a handful for tackles to track
Weaknesses
  • Instincts are suspect
  • Slow to diagnose and is easily trapped behind reach blocks
  • Can be flattened out and moved around at the point of attack
  • Needs more experience and technique to handle early-down duties at outside linebacker
  • Explosiveness is more vertical than lateral as a rusher
  • Doesn't flip his hips over the top as a rusher
  • Needs to play with better overall bend at the top of his rush to improve his angles to the quarterback

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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