PROS: A capable lead blocker that does a nice job squaring up his guys. Also is capable of cutting defender. Does a nice job blocking downfield. Has decent hands and capable as a checkdown option. Is a physical runner that runs low to the ground with nice power. Can be effective working in an H-back role.
CONS: He'll miss some assignments at times, particularly when blocking on the edge. Doesn't have great pop or power as a lead blocker, unable to put guys on their butts. Limited use in the passing game, and lacks speed and burst as a runner.
OVERVIEW: Jackson is a guy that is an effective lead blocker, but isn't very powerful, nor does he give you a ton of other options offensively. Had 17 crries for his career and 29 receptions. Career high 8 carries this past year and 12 receptions as a junior.
NFL FORECAST: He's a guy that will stick in the league based off his ability to play specail teams. In time, I believe he can be a nice lead blocker, but he's not a smashmouth guy. And is the type of guy that is like a Heath Evans in that he is technically the starter, but is only a situational or part-time player. And his inability to contribute much as a runner or receiver will hurt his chances, so he'll have to stick long-term because he brings it on special teams. If he does that, I think he can have a nice productive NFL career. But he'll never be a guy that teams go out of their way to sign or keep, and I suspect like Evans or a guy like Marc Edwards after his rookie contract will develop into a journeyman.
ATL FORECAST: Jackson doesn't bring much in Atlanta since he doesn't really offer any upside as a blocker than Snelling does, nor does he down the road. Unless he impressed the Falcons brass with his special teams ability, then he'd be hard-pressed to make the roster even as a backup to Snelling down the road. Snelling is just too versatile, and the Falcons can find more versatile or powerful options than Jackson to be a backup or starter in the future.
VALUE: For a team looking for a developmental fullback, then he might make a decent seventh round pick. But in truth, you're probably better off not drafting him and just bringing him to camp to compete.
Scouting reports of running backs and fullbacks in the 2010 draft.
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