NFL Draft Scouting Report: Tre' Jackson

How does former FSU offensive guard project at the next level?

Overview

Tre’ Jackson was a late addition to the heralded FSU offensive line class of 2011 after flipping from a commitment to Georgia Tech. Jackson fell through the cracks early in the recruiting process due to missing his junior season with a torn ACL, but his senior film was terrific and wound up netting him several late offers and a quick rise up the recruiting rankings, finishing the process as a three-star guard prospect.

Jackson started the final game of his freshman season against Notre Dame in the Champs Sports Bowl and has been a fixture on the Seminole offensive line since. Despite getting dinged up and missing some time early in the year, Jackson was the Seminoles’ most consistently dominant offensive lineman in 2013 and graded out the highest of the group in 2014 as well.

Scouting Report

Strengths

Massive athlete with huge hands and low center of gravity. Great balance in both run and pass blocking. Is a knee and hip bender rather than a waist bender. Powerful punch. Consistently wins in tight spaces. Shows ability to bend and roll his hips as a run blocker and can put DTs on skates. Excellent anchor against bull rush. Good balance in pass pro and stays under control when climbing to the second level. A load on the short pull. Second step in zone scheme is quick and powerful. Consistently gets head and hands in proper position in the running game. Yes-sir, no-sir player and takes coaching very well. Excellent motor with a nasty streak and consistently finishes blocks.

Room for Improvement

Increasingly overweight and out of shape during college career and testing numbers validate that. Best weight appears to be around 315–320, while he played at closer to 340 as a senior. History of knee problems has affected ability to stay in condition and keep weight in ideal range. Struggled against the interior speed rush both as a junior and senior. Had difficulties against quickness in general in 2014 as his foot placement was inconsistent. Can struggle to get hips and feet around on outside zone plays. A plodder in space, though he still does get his hands on second-level defenders. Did not improve as a senior after coming into season very highly rated, partly due to playing through a knee injury that remains concern for the next level as he has failed several team physicals over the past few weeks.

Combine/Pro Day Results

Combine/Pro Day Results

Ht

Wt

Arm

Hd

40y

10y

Bench

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3Cone

6’4

330

32 5/8

10 7/8

5.3*

1.92

20*

25

96”

NA

8.4*

Jackson’s testing numbers were in keeping with what the tape shows, though his vertical and bench numbers were disappointing. The bench number in particular suggests that he had not sufficiently prepared and was not in optimal shape for his pro day. His numbers as a whole are fairly pedestrian for the position:

Nevertheless put on a good showing in position drills at pro day, showing a powerful punch and good enough feet to succeed in the NFL. Regardless, this is a guy who will rely on the tape for his grade.

Floor/Ceiling

If injuries do not cut his career short or limit his effectiveness, Jackson could become a Pro Bowl guard. The skills are largely there.

In terms of floor, injuries could limit Jackson’s effectiveness or knock him out of the NFL relatively early in his career. As a player, he’s a sure thing, but his knee problems and injury history (combined with his high weight) make him more of a risk.

Overall

Jackson is more difficult to grade due to injury concerns, but I still have him with a late second-round grade (80), presuming he may need some work done on his knee and may miss time early in his career. But he has shown he can play at a high level even while battling through injury, and his short-area power still makes him a quality guard prospect even with potential injury concerns. If he can get healthy, he’s a plug-and-play ten-year starter, but the health is the primary concern here.

Grade: 5.75—Future starter with the chance to start early.

Compares To

Chance Warmack

Draft Prediction

Range: Picks 65–90

Jackson should be a third round selection, though his recent failed physicals may drop his stock further than that.