Spring Performance -- When the Rutgers offensive line experienced multiple changes the final week of camp, it made for a good matchup in favor of Jackson. The sophomore pass rusher came up big in the second team scrimmage with impact plays and put himself back in contention for two-deep time in training camp.
Expected 2013 Role -- Rutgers needs to find ways to get to the quarterback and Jackson was one of the few to put pressure on Gary Nova and Chas Dodd this spring. Jackson can play the R hybrid position or the normal end spot and can be one of the first options in behind starters Jamil Merrell and Marcus Thompson.
Scouting Report -- Greg Schiano fell in love Jackson when he put his hand in the dirt as a senior at West Chester Henderson High (Pa.). Jackson brings a lot of the positives of a converted linebacker, including a solid pass rush frame at 6-foot-4, 240 pounds. Jackson has a strong arsenal of finesse moves off the edge and brings enough athleticism to the R position to be used in coverage situations.
Jackson needs to get stronger at defensive end to become a more complete pass rusher and more competitive against the run. Injuries were a major concern during his first two season and kept him off the field for most of his career after debuting as a true freshman at the Carrier Dome. Jackson was healthy for the end of the spring and needs to stay that way for the next eight months.
The Bottom Line -- Step one for Jackson is to stay healthy. Get that on lockdown and he can develop into one of the best pass rushers on the roster.