PROS: A capable blocker that does a good job blocking on the move and out in space. Hits his assignments, holds his blocks, and does a good job sealing the edge. Capable receiver that is good in the flat. Shows good balance and patience as a runner, and will lower his head to slam it up the gut.
CONS: Not often used as a traditional lead blocker in Virginia's spread attack, so there may be some learning curve adjusting to a pro offense. Lacks speed and burst to be a factor as a runner outside short yardage.
OVERVIEW: Virginia runs a lot of single-back and shotgun spread attack, and a lot of his lead blocking duties came on end-arounds and zone reads. He began his career as a running back before moving to linebacker as a sophomore, and then back to fullback as a junior. Most productive as a senior with 461 rushing yards (4.8 avg) and 25 receptions.
NFL FORECAST: There may be some time for him to adjust to a more traditional pro-style offense, but otherwise he has good potential as a lead blocker on the next level. He is a guy that should fit most offenses because he can add some value as a runner, but mostly as a receiver. He has a similar skillset as Snelling, but is a more natural lead blocker than Snelling was. I would compare him more to a Fred Beasley-type of fullback. There are also a lot of similarities between him and Mughelli when Ovie came out of Wake Forest. I think in time, he could develop as a smashmouth lead blocker like Mughelli did. I think in a more finesse offense, he could contribute right away. But if a team is looking for a smashmouth-type blocker, they may have to wait a few years.
ATL FORECAST: Jackson could be an upgrade over Snelling as the reserve fullback because his blocking potential is probably higher than Snelling's. He could be a valuable receiver down the road, and could develop into a more powerful lead blocker than Snelling could. So if the Falcons were looking for the next Ovie Mughelli, he would be a good fit since he could play special teams early on just like Ovie, and then by his third year or so could be ready to start and the offense likely wouldn't skip a beat.
VALUE: Jackson is a solid fourth round pick for a team looking for a versatile fullback option.
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