2014 NFL Draft: OG Gabe Jackson Selected By Oakland Raiders

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Gabe Jackson – OG Mississippi St., 6’3″, 336 LBS, 33.75″ Arm Length

Drafted Round 3, Pick 81 , Oakland Raiders

Combine Results: 30 Bench Press Reps | 29.0″ Vertical Jump | 108″ Broad Jump

  • Second-team All-SEC (2011, 2012)
  • First-team All-SEC (2013)

NFL Impact: Jackson has a great combination of size, strength, and skill for his position.  He has long arms and a strong lower body.  Does a great job of using leverage to win at the point of attack.  Despite his massive size, he has above-average quickness.  Can be used to pull due to his great lateral movement.  Defenders have a hard time breaking free once Jackson gets them engaged.  Very technically sound blocker who rarely gets knocked down or plays out of position. 

He struggles to block the second level of the defense.  Will get caught in traffic and lose sight of who he is suppose to block.  Gets sloppy in technique when fatigued.  Doesn’t blow people off the line consistently.  Tends to put his head down and miss what is going on around him.

Fantasy Impact: Jackson was a four-year starter in the SEC and has faced some great defenses.  He should be able to transition to the NFL quickly and become a starter for his new team.  He shouldn’t be a liability in either the run game or passing attack.  His presence should improve the overall offensive line performance and thus improve the stats produced by the skill-position players.  The Raiders still have a ton of questions on offense so Jackson addition won’t suddenly make the Raiders a dominant offense.