Jaguars Scouting Report: Malik Jackson

Find out what the Jaguars are getting with their pricey free agent acquisition.

The Jaguars have reportedly come to terms with former Broncos defensive end Malik Jackson with a six-year deal worth approximately $90 million with $42 million guaranteed.  

This is the third consecutive season that the team has signed a former Broncos free agent (Zane Beadles, Julius Thomas).  

So what are the Jaguars getting in Jackson.  We asked Mile High Huddle publisher Chad Jensen what he thought of the defensive end. 

Malik Jackson really turned the corner in 2015. And there are two reasons for that. One, with the arrival of defensive coordinator Wade Phillips' 3-4 scheme, Jackson was deployed in a system that fits him best. He's a natural 5-tech defensive end, although he can play anywhere on the defensive line in a 4-3. But playing in his natural position helped him tremendously. Two, Jackson benefited greatly from the tutelage of D-line coach Bill Kollar. Kollar gets the most out of his players and can be credited with the development of one J.J. Watt. 

Jackson is a well-rounded player. He is best when rushing the passer, but he is also an above average run defender, when he stays disciplined. That's one of the knocks on Malik. He can be undisciplined at times, which can occasionally lead to a lack of execution and personal foul penalties. Jackson always pushes the envelope. In the playoffs, it pays off wildly. In the regular season, when officials tend to thrown their flags more liberally, it can set his team back. 
Jackson only has 14 career sacks. J.J. Watt had more than that last year alone. But, Jackson played with Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware, who were typically quicker to the quarterback. Many of Jackson's 40+ QB pressures led to sacks for the edge rushers. Jackson has never been the focal point of a defense, so it will be interesting to see how he responds to being the MAN in Jacksonville. 

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