Scout Analysis: DeSean Jackson

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are looking at several key players as the NFL Scouting Combine approaches. In this "Scout Analysis" series,'s draft analyst Chris Steuber and's Matthew Postins break down Cal WR DeSean Jackson, a player the Bucs should have their eye on next week in Indianapolis.

DeSean Jackson (Jr.), WR – California

Height: 6-0

Weight: 172

Strengths: He's a dynamic offensive weapon with game breaking ability. He has quick feet and gets vertical instantly. He has good hands and displays tremendous athleticism adjusting to errant passes. He's elusive after the catch and can take it to the house on any play. He's an outstanding punt returner and has the ability to provide instant offense on special teams.

Weaknesses: He lacks size and isn't a physical receiver. He struggles against bigger defenders who jam and stall his progression at the line of scrimmage. He's a big play threat, but doesn't break initial contact and is easily brought to the ground. He's still developing his game as a receiver and is inconsistent.

Steuber Says: "As good as Jackson is on special teams, he's a bit inconsistent as a receiver. He showed more big play potential as a receiver during his sophomore year — where he hauled in 59 receptions for 1,060 yards and nine touchdowns — than he did this season as a junior (65 receptions for 762 yards and six touchdowns). Even though he's not a polished receiver, he has game-changing qualities that will warrant a top-20 selection."

Postins Says: "I think the key word here is ‘game-changing.' Aside from Joey Galloway, the Buccaneers do not have a player worth that title in the receiving corps, and that must change. Heck, Jeff Garcia said that after the Bucs' playoff loss to the New York Giants. But this issue has fermented for a couple of years. Michael Clayton is a bust. Maurice Stovall will be coming off an elbow injury. The rest of the receivers are spare parts. None of the receivers in this draft are a slam-dunk in my opinion, but Jackson comes close in a few areas. First, he has tremendous speed like Galloway. Second, he gives the Bucs that heir apparent to Galloway that they're looking for. Third, he has punt-return skill, something the Bucs are sorely in need of. And, fourth, he has good hands. And how many passes have fans watched the Bucs drop the past few years? Right now, if Jackson drops to No. 20, I don't think there's any doubt what the Buccaneers should do."

A member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America, Chris Steuber has provided his analysis of the NFL and NFL Draft prospects on the web and on the radio since 1999.

Matthew Postins covers the Buccaneers for and the Charlotte Sun-Herald in Port Charlotte, Fla. An award-winning member of the Pro Football Writers Association, he appears frequently on Scot Brantley Show from 3-6 p.m. weekdays on WHBO 1470-AM in Tampa-Clearwater.

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