6’1” – 257 – 4.80e
2011: 109 – 17.0 – 3.5, 1 FF, 1 FR, 1 PD, 1 INT
2012: 122 – 17.5 – 2.0 – 4 FF, 1 PD
Appeared in just one game as a freshman before assuming the starting middle linebacker role as a sophomore, being named to the All-Sun Belt First Team based on his team-leading figures in both tackles and tackles for loss. He led the team in tackles again as a junior, being named to the All-Sun Belt First Team once again.
• Will enter the draft with three productive years of starting experience.
• Very thickly-built player who would comfortably translate to a 3-4.
• Quick to recognize plays and frequently gets to the hole before the back.
• Powerful hitter and tackler who can drive ballcarriers back on contact.
• Can shed blocks well due to overall strength and active hand use.
• Has a little bit more speed than anticipated, augmenting recognition.
• Capable of getting pressure on quarterbacks as a blitzing option.
• Has a non-stop motor which keeps him in plenty of plays.
• Held his own against major collegiate programs such as Alabama.
• Height is a little bit less than ideal and may be listed slightly high.
• Production is inflated from having played against Sun Belt competition.
• Plays faster than expected but still lacks ideal athleticism for the position.
• Lacks the speed to chase down runners from behind in pursuit.
• Probably not the best option for a coverage-based defensive scheme.
• Can do a little bit of zone coverage but could be exploited against backs.
• A strict middle/inside ‘backer for most schemes, possible 3-4 “elephant.”
Despite having played for a small-school program, Jackson is one of the most pro-ready inside linebackers in the draft, with a thick, powerful build, effective recognition skills and pursuit angles, and sound tackling skills. He’s best suited for a SILB role in a three-man front but could play MLB in a 4-3 as well if necessary. His play versus talented programs should help allay concerns about having played for Western Kentucky. RD 2-3
6’2” – 243 lbs. – 4.80e
2011: 80 – 4.5 – 0.0, 1 FF, 2 FR
2012: 138 – 8.5 – 1.0 – 8 QBH – 1 FR, 1 PD (12-21-6 rushing)
Started ten games at middle linebacker as a true freshman, appearing in twelve contests and finishing second on the team in tackles en route to being named an SEC All-Freshman Team selection. In 2012, he started all twelve games for the team, leading his team and conference in tackles and being named to the All-SEC Second Team by conference coaches; also rushed the ball out of Tennessee’s wildcat formation for six touchdowns. Was named to the Preseason All-SEC First Team by conference coaches prior to this year.
• Has plenty of experience, having been a three-year SEC starter.
• Adequate size and bulk for a middle linebacker in a four-man front.
• Frame is thick enough to potentially shift to a three-man front.
• Plays with a low center of gravity and takes on blockers well for size.
• Fights through trash well and can scrape down the line versus the run.
• Powerful hitter who acts as an intimidating presence in the defense.
• Plays with a high motor and will pursue plays farther than anticipated.
• Overall recognition skills help mask some of his athletic deficiencies.
• Can create pressure as an interior blitzer despite just one career sack.
• Would need to add additional bulk in order to play in a 3-4 defense.
• Not fast enough to recover easily when caught out of position.
• Change-of-direction and lateral agility could become problems.
• Occasionally gets lost in zone coverage, could be exploited in pros.
• Lacks the speed to cover running backs and tight ends in man coverage.
• May not be particularly well-suited to the modern makeup of the NFL.
• Requires some projection schematically, as skills better suit 3-4 defense.
Productive, physical linebacker who plays like he belongs in a three-man front but whose college play has been as a 4-3 middle linebacker. Will likely have to bulk up and make the transition due to athletic limitations. RD 4-5
6’6” – 276 lbs. – 4.80e
2011: 41 – 537 – 6 (13.1)
2012: 69 – 852 – 7 (12.4)
Started ten games as a true freshman in 2011, playing in every contest and earning an honorable mention All-Pac-12 selection in the process. Production escalated as a sophomore, being named to the All-Pac-12 Second Team and being named one of three finalists for the John Mackey Award. In March, was arrested for DUI after crashing his car with a 0.18 blood alcohol level.
• Highly productive three-year starter at a major collegiate program.
• Massive tight end prospect with outstanding height, bulk, and length.
• Lines up all over the formation; inline, H-Back, slot, fullback, wide.
• Very soft hands; rarely squanders an opportunity to make a catch.
• Can maintain possession of the ball in traffic or while taking a hit.
• Catch radius is very impressive, makes plenty of acrobatic grabs.
• Uses his frame well to shield defenders from the ball on passing plays.
• Gets pretty good arm extension as a run blocker, fairly active feet.
• Has the anchor to handle power rushes when retained in pass protection.
• Coordinated player despite having an oversized build for the position.
• Size and bulk should make him a dangerous option in the red zone.
• Well-spoken, mature player who could assuage concerns about DUI.
• Certainly not one of the fastest or most explosive options in his class.
• May have some trouble separating from defenders at the next level.
• Versatility may be reined in a bit at the NFL level versus better athletes.
• Doesn’t necessarily get a ton of push in the run game despite his size.
• Consistently beat to the edge in pass protection versus speed rushers.
• Blocking technique needs plenty of work: falls off man, bends at waist.
• Was arrested for driving under the influence; will require investigation.
Seferian-Jenkins isn’t one of the most explosive tight end prospects in recent memory, but should easily find a place in the second round thanks to his size, hands, and body control. His blocking skills need significant refinement, but he possesses the physical tools to improve markedly in that regard. RD 2