With the 22nd pick in the sixth round, the Seattle Seahawks have selected Iowa TE/FB Tony Jackson.
SCOUT.COM PLAYER OVERVIEW:
Ht: 6-2 Wt: 266 40: 4.82 Year: 5Sr
Bio: Former special teams player who moved into the starting lineup as a senior and posted 7/82/1. Seattle quite possibly has him projected as a fullback who can bust the wedge on special teams.
Positives: Good athlete with limited production on the college level. Breaks down well and is a solid position blocker who stays square and seals defenders from the action. Works hard and displays good blocking awareness. Fluid releasing off the line of scrimmage, displays soft hands and adjusts in mid-air for the catch.
Negatives: Rarely involved in the passing offense and must learn to make himself an available target. Must improve his blocking strength.
Analysis: Jackson possesses adequate size/speed numbers for the position, yet must quickly improve his game. Practice squad participant who will need time to develop.
DOING THE MATH: Did not participate at the combine.
THE .NET REPORT
Scott Eklund: Underrated and under-utilized talent that didn’t have big-time stats but has some solid abilities. The reason Jackson isn’t a Day One prospect is because he is considered too short for tight end position. He played in a pro-style offense at Iowa and he knows how to win and that experience should help him in his transition to the next level. He has good speed, able to stretch the defense down the seam, and he blocks well. With three tight ends already on the roster in (Itula Mili, Jerramy Stevens and Ryan Hannam) he will really have to impress the staff during training camp to earn a spot - more likely, a position change to fullback. He has a chance to sneak on the roster and push for playing time at that position. Could be considered a steal if he gets the chance to showcase his talents.