Round | Team | Pos. | School | Name
WR (6-4, 241, 4.46)
Is a developmental small-school prospect with exceptional size and very good top-end speed for his size. Has good athletic ability and body control. Has been extremely productive at his level. Has long arms and adequate leaping ability. Is a huge threat on vertical routes and fade routes inside the red-zone. Will out-muscle and out-reach most DB's when the ball is in the air. His hands are very reliable and he has developed excellent overall ball skills. Does a fine job of adjusting to the ball in the air and also will make a lot of plays in traffic. Gives a decent effort as a blocker and has the size/strength to excel in that area in the NFL if his technique and willingness improve. Is a long-strider who lacks great initial burst. Takes too long to build up speed. Doesn't have great burst or sharp cutting ability. Has gotten away with natural tools at small school level but needs to improve overall route running skills. Needs to do a better job of getting in and out of his breaks without gearing down. Can run by DB's at his level but doesn't have the speed to do the same in the NFL. Was very productive returning punts in college but lacks the speed and elusiveness of a starter in that capacity in the NFL. Jackson is a small-school prospect with exceptional size, good speed for his size, and impressive production at the DI-AA level. He has been a fulltime starter since his sophomore season in 2002. He had 66 receptions for 1,462 yards and 21 touchdowns as a junior in 2003 and 80 receptions for 1,382 yards and 11 TD's as a senior in 2004. Jackson also has some versatility because of his experience returning kickoffs and punts. There are obvious concerns about Jackson's transition to the NFL after playing at the DI-AA level in college. However, while he will need time to improve his consistency catching the football and route running skills, Jackson has the physical tools to make the jump. Jackson dominated the small-school level of competition, he had a strong showing at the Senior Bowl against much better competition, and he also had a good workout at the combine with a 4.51 40-yard dash and 39" vertical leap. There's no question that Jackson has some risks and will need more time than most to make the transition to the NFL, but we would still take a chance on him late on the first day.
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