Does a much better job in pass protection with his hands where he has more space to extend his arms and stick to blocks. Possesses good bend when asked to anchor, reworks his hands quickly and can move his feet through contact. Displays decent fluidity through contact, but will allow his footwork to get overextended and at times will get caught lunging into defenders and can be slipped on the play. Recovers quickly and has a strong punch, but will give up some penetration that way. Exhibits a stronger upper body and can be a real Velcro guy in the pass game once he gets his hands on you, making it tough for defenders to fight off his blocks even when he gives up a step. Has suffered his way through some injuries this season, but played well enough during his Bowl game and can fight through pain.
Impression: Is a tall, long guard who has some natural bend and athleticism to his game. Shows enough in both areas of his game to make a roster as a rookie and I could see him fighting for playing time down the line."
His footwork is inconsistent, but Jackson possesses natural quickness and should improve with the proper coaching. Jackson could be a guy who flies under the radar and surprises some people at the next level, assuming he can improve his footwork and downfield blocking.
Positives: Big, tall guard with strong hands and a solid core. Good pad level and flat back off the snap, extending his arms and anchoring in with good knee-bend. Strong punch to the chest of defender, allowing him to set his feet and get extension in pass protection. Consistently gets his hands inside pads of his opponent. Powerful upper body, possessing ability to throw thicker, heavier defensive linemen back at the point of attack without maximizing lower-body leverage. High-effort lineman who remains fully engaged with his opponent to the whistle. Long, powerful arms and good forward lean make it tough for defenders to shed and fill running lanes. Will lock onto and "steer" opposing lineman out of holes, allowing lead run blocker to reach second level. Tough, gritty lineman who loves to get physical and finish plays by driving his opponent into the ground.
Negatives: Will often stop moving his feet laterally in pass protection, forcing him to twist his upper torso to stay engaged with his opponent. When he's beat off the snap, will lower his shoulder and head into the defender, leaving him sesceptible to a swim move or easy step-around. Inconsistent get-off enables defenders to get their hands up first, forcing him into "recovery" mode. When pushed back off the snap, will step back with one foot leaving him in a "lunge" position and laterally vulnerable to throws and swims by defender. Adjusts and reacts slowly to oncoming defenders when blocking downfield, forcing him to "dive" and leave his feet."
Positive: Adequately sized lineman who shows ability as a position blocker. Stays square, jolts defenders at the point of attack, and seals them from the action. Keeps his head on a swivel. Bends his knees and gets leverage on opponents, controlling them once engaged at the point of attack.
Negative: Marginally effective in motion. Not a dominant lineman and must improve his playing strength.
Analysis: Jackson was highly rated coming into the season, but an ankle injury kept him on the sidelines for most of the year. He lacks great athleticism but has enough skill to backup at the next level."
Negatives: Needs to add a few pounds... Arms are shorter than ideal... Light handed... Not real strong... Leans and overextends a little... Doesn't play with especially good leverage... Doesn't generate much power in the running game... Can be dominated at POA... Not a pile mover... Has a history of back problems."
Strengths: Tall, mobile right guard who can pull around the end, block straight ahead and provide solid-pass protection. Good hand technique and footwork with a strong 'punch.' Intelligent and respected team leader - shows excellent awareness in pass-protection and able to help when uncovered.
Weaknesses: Post-season back surgery resulted in missing all of 2009 spring practices; need to see 'where he is' with ankle injury from 2010 season. Not as strong a drive-blocker as when pulling, and sometimes will lunge and miss.
Projection: 4th round. Has impressed scouts during Shrine Bowl workouts with great upper body/hand strength and quick feet - may draft higher than 4th round."
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