Round 1: Seattle Selects DE Lawrence Jackson

With Selection 28 in Round 1, Seattle selects DE Lawrence Jackson, USC. Learn more about this pick from team and draft experts!

Player Lawrence Jackson, DE, USC
Team Seattle Seahawks
Pick Round 1, Selection 28 (28 Overall)
Stats Ht: 6-5   Wt: 270   40: 4.90  
Seattle's selection of Jackson was a bit of a surprise for me. Not because he isn't a talented player, but his ideal position is where Patrick Kearney plays and I doubt he will be able to go inside to play tackle so what the Seahawks are saying is they don't believe that Darryl Tapp is the answer on the weakside. We'll see. Jackson's size, strength and motor make him an ideal "Ruskell guy", but the Seahawks could have gotten him later. I would have preferred them to snag Devin Thomas or Phillip Merling at this point, but Jackson is a solid pick...he just isn't going to add much of an impact his first year or two with the team. - Scott Eklund, Seahawks.NET

Jackson was debited a bit by some because there were thoughts that he benefited a bit too much from opposing offenses focusing on Sedrick Ellis, but Tim Ruskell is looking at the math: Jackson started 50 of a possible 51 games for what is essentially the NFL's 33rd team. If Ruskell reaches, it will be later in the draft -- here is where he wants his draftees to be as NFL-ready as possible. The concern is how he fits in Seattle's offense -- is he the legitimate replacement for Patrick Kerney? Some will bemoan this pick with Phillip Merling still on the board, but Jackson had 17 tackles for loss in his senior year, including 10.5 sacks. He was the most consistent player during Senior Bowl practice week, but consistency hasn't been his hallmark through his collegiate career. With Ruskell's emphasis on players who produce in line from year to year, this is a bit of a surprise. The upside is strong, but this isn't a sexy pick. What it could mean is that the Seahawks are following the Giants' paradigm of dominance by rotation among their defensive ends.- Doug Farrar, Seahawks.NET
Seattle was likely either going to select a defensive tackle or end here for depth purposes. The hope here is that Jackson can develop into a role as their third end rather quickly.
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