TSV Scouting Department

Gabe Jackson

Report Prepared By Lance Zierlein

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Breakdown:

#61
Class: Senior
Height: 6'3 1/4"
Weight: 336 lbs.
School: Mississippi State
Bio:
  • Second-team All-American (2013)
  • 2x First-team All-SEC (2013)
  • C Spire Conerly Trophy winner - first OL ever to win - top player in Mississippi (2013)
  • Kent Hull Award winner - top OL in Mississippi (2013)
  • 3x SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week (2013)

Senior Bowl Notes

  • Jackson accepted an invitation to play in the 2014 Senior Bowl in Mobile.
  • Jackson was still heavier than we would have liked, but he carried his weight around pretty well when called upon to move.
  • During team portion, Jackson continues to get his guys blocked except when he's asked to get across the face of defenders on the backside.
  • He showed an ability to bring his feet with him and finish blocks with power and a strong base.  Overall, he improved his stock in Mobile.

Combine Notes

**Combine measurements

  • 40 yard dash - 5.51 seconds
  • Bench Press - 30 reps
  • Vertical Jump - 29"
  • Broad Jump - 9'
  • 3 Cone Drill - 8.25 seconds
  • 20 yard shuttle - 4.78 seconds

**Arm/Hand Measurements

  • Arm length - 33 3/4"
  • Hand size - 10"

Pros

  • Thick trunk helps him to drop anchor against bull rushers
  • Cant generate power in his punch even in retreat
  • Faced a variety of NFL caliber defensive tackles during his time in college
  • Can control defender's play side shoulder and turn him
  • Foot quickness is much better when he's at a lighter weight
  • Good knee bend and general flexibility

Cons

  • Robotic movement in attempts to secure and climb - lacks fluidity
  • Carries excessive "bad weight" which slowed him this year
  • Can be beaten by active, 1-gap DTs
  • Takes inconsistent angles to 2nd level blocks - may lack instincts
  • Has trouble keeping players in his power zone due to slow moving feet
  • Hands will ride outside of the shoulder pads in run game
     

Film Room

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:02 Gets rag-dolled by grab and pull move on his first snap of the game
1:53 Short steps into power position and finishes with authority
2:32 Takes a curious angle and misses block completely
3:10 Picks up T/E stunt, but was a little sluggish getting back to DE which will get him beat in NFL
3:35 Either #99 is one strong SOB or Jackson fails to generate power despite angle on double team"
4:23 Shows off his raw upper body strength by toppling his man
4:54 Can't stop penetration by DT who splits center and Jackson
5:20 Jackson gives up inside hand placement and gets beaten
5:37 Does a nice job of keeping defender at bay with well timed hands
6:04 Is able to torque defender and turn him by dominating play side shoulder in head to head battle
 

Report

Jackson, like Cyril Richardson, is a phone-booth guard who will do his best work in tighter spaces.  Jackson has the knee bend necessary to play with good leverage and does fire out with good pad level on straight-ahead blocks, but gets to high when asked to double team with center or tackle.
 
To me, Jackson looked heavier and slower in 2013 than he was in 2012 and he simply didn't have the same quickness of foot that I saw previously.  While Jackson is never going to flash lateral athleticism, I do think his functional quickness will improve a great deal if he can get below 330 pounds.
 
While Jackson needs to watch getting his hands outside of his opponent's shoulder pads, he does flash really impressive snatch and torque power almost like you would see from someone with a wrestling background.  Jackson features a strong punch with steady hands in pass protection, but he will have issues with twists and quicker 3-techniques he's matched up against.