OG GABE JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI ST.

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6’4” – 340 lbs. – 5.25e

STATISTICAL PROFILE:

2009: Redshirt
2010: 13 GP/ 13 GS (LG)
2011: 13 GP / 13 GS (LG)
2012: 13 GP / 13 GS (LG)

OVERVIEW:

Redshirted in 2009, then started at left guard in 2010. Started all thirteen games at the same position in 2011. Started all thirteen games again in 2012, earning All-SEC First Team honors, a feat which he duplicated in 2013.

POSITIVES:

•    Will be entering the draft with four highly successful, decorated SEC campaigns.
•    Massive prospect with outstanding bulk; almost always possesses a size advantage.
•    Has added weight throughout college, playing at 305 (2010), 320 (2011, 2012), and 340.
•    Carries his weight well, doesn’t appear to have a sloppy build like some may expect.
•    Works hard to sustain blocks through the play, remembers to keep his legs moving.
•    Has been asked to make blocks on the move at times, more mobile than anticipated.
•    Ability to pull and to cut-block successfully may earn consideration from zone teams.
•    Reliable in pass protection, doesn’t make many mental mistakes, mirrors effectively.
•    Has a strong grip, can sustain blocks well in the run game once he’s locked on.
•    Capable of chipping an initial assignment and making his way over to another player.
•    Very durable, has more starting experience than almost any other guard prospect.

NEGATIVES:

•    Pro future is limited to offensive guard, where he’s played throughout college.
•    Overall on-field demeanor is a bit more passive than preferred, not a consistent killer.
•    Passivity occasionally leads to him being driven back a bit by opposing bull rushers.
•    Despite his size, initial punch doesn’t often have the force of a top offensive guard.
•    Bends a little bit at the waist at times; arm length may potentially be slightly short.

SUMMARY:

Listed at 6’4” and 340 pounds, Jackson is one of the biggest prospects in the draft, and with four years of starting experience in the SEC, he has an excellent resume as well. He looks as polished as expected given his credentials, with sound awareness in pass protection. However, he is a somewhat strange prospect because he is more of a finesse player with unexpected mobility than he is a powerful inline mauler who wins with his initial punch and drives defenders into the ground. Teams will have to draw their own conclusions regarding his temperament, but based on his consistency at Mississippi State, he profiles as a starter.

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