Florida State guard Tre’ Jackson is a big man who can surprise a lot of folks with his speed and agility. Those skills are on display when he’s asked to block at the second level, as he is quite adept at sealing off defenders and knowing when to disengage from them. He’s got the power and girth to shove players around on a consistent basis and impress regularly.
However, he does have a couple flaws to his game. The main issue is that he doesn’t keep his feet moving while engaged with blockers to drive them back, instead, he just impedes their progress. Because of this, he can be knocked off balance at times by strong or agile defenders.
Tre’ Jackson is the kind of guard that you draft in the second or third round and feel comfortable about plugging in to your system right away. He’s a 42 game starter for Florida State and should give teams little reason to fear drafting him. If they can work on the finer points of his technique, he could be a HUGE steal in round 3.
- Height: 6’4″
- Weight: 330 pounds
- Arm Length: 32 5/8″
- Hand Size: 10 7/8″
- 40 Yard Dash: 5.52 seconds
- Bench Press: N/A
- Vertical Jump: 25″
- Broad Jump: 96″
- 3 Cone Drill: N/A
- 20 Yard Shuttle: N/A
Tre’ Jackson is currently the #68 overall prospect according to CBS Sports and is their #3 guard available in the 2015 NFL Draft class. He is projected to be a second to third round selection.
NFL Player Comparison
- NFL.com: Justin Blalock, Atlanta Falcons
- CBSSports.com: N/A
Fit For The Vikings
Minnesota will likely be looking for a guard in the draft to compete for the starting job on the left side of the offensive line as well as add depth to the position.
I would personally love to see Tre’ Jackson be the third round selection for the Minnesota Vikings. He’s a solid body with an established record of success that won’t need much as far as coaching to succeed. On draft day, I’ll be rooting for him to be available when the team makes their second selection on day 2 of the 2015 NFL Draft if they don’t address the need at guard earlier.
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