Projected 40-Time: 4.60
Star Rating: Grade: 76
Draft Projection: 4th Round
Star rating is based on a prospects standing (as of February 1st) in the 2010 Scout.com Draft Rankings. A prospects grade is measured on the following scale:
85-100 = 1st - 2nd
_70-84 = 3rd - 4th
_55-69 = 5th - 6th
_40-54 = 7th Round - UDFA
Strengths: Jackson is a big, physical runner with good upside. He’s aggressive at the point of attack and is an athletic lead blocker. He picks up assignments quickly and works hard until the whistle. He has the ability to carry the ball and be an effective offensive threat. He has soft hands and can make plays on the edge.
Weaknesses: He doesn’t have elite speed and isn’t very shifty. He’s a tweener who has running back qualities, but lacks the elusiveness to be anything more than a situational runner.Steuber Says: Prior to the 2009 season, Jackson was primarily a blocking fullback who would occasionally be used in the offense. But this past year, he showed the ability to be a capable runner in case of injury; Jackson carried the ball 96 times for 461 yards and two touchdowns. He also flashed reliable hands out of the backfield and caught 25 passes for 222 yards. Jackson is in the mold of Atlanta Falcons tweener Jason Snelling, a fullback with a running backs game, and could be an interesting mid-round pick.
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