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2021 NFL Draft Scouting Report: IOL Joshua Fedd-Jackson

  • The Draft Network
  • February 6, 2021
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PROSPECT SUMMARY – JOSHUA FEDD-JACKSON

Fedd-Jackson started his career at North Carolina State. Playing there from 2017-2019, he then transferred to Virginia Union—never suiting up for a game while there because of the cancellation of the 2020 season. Fedd-Jackson is a wide-bodied guard prospect that displays plenty of strength at the point of attack. With his biggest contributions coming as a run blocker, his grip strength and ability to steer defenders in desirable directions are notable. Still needing polish in his game as a pass protector, he’s a down-the-line option that could develop into providing serviceable depth at either guard spot.   

Ideal Role: Developmental guard that may spend some time on the practice squad.

Scheme Fit: Man/Gap/Power scheme.

FILM EVALUATION

Written by Jordan Reid

Games watched: West Virginia (2019), Clemson (2019), Syracuse (2019), Florida State (2019), North Carolina (2019)

Best Game Studied: Syracuse (2019)

Worst Game Studied: West Virginia (2019)

Competitive Toughness: Throughout his game, Fedd-Jackson is a competitor. Active at the point of attack, he keeps an in-sync body that usually marries up with the blocks that he’s attempting to accomplish. His body movements align with executing his strength, which has led to him having success with sustaining his blocks on the first level. 

Balance: Overall, he remains on-balance and takes effective steps in multiple areas. Fedd-Jackson’s glimpses of being off-balance are a result of him being slow with his feet. This results in him getting avalanched by the wash behind him. Getting stepped on or rolled over happened frequently because of his delayed twitch or having too much patience on blocks. 

Anchor Ability: A well-developed anchor and strength levels marry up together as he has the ability to latch on and sustain his matchups. Keeping his hands inside to maintain proper hand positioning is littered throughout his tape. Possessing high grip-strength levels, he can stay on when desired.  

Lateral Mobility: In N.C. State’s heavy zone scheme, he was asked to move laterally often. Displaying comfort on the first level, it’s the second level where his challenges arise. Inaccuracies with blocking second-level targets and speed with climbing are two noticeable caveats to his game. A borderline average athlete, he’s not consistent when asked to cover considerable amounts of ground as a zone blocker. 

Power at P.O.A.: One of the highlight points of his game is his ability to lock up defenders on the first level. When able to get a still target or one that he can keep leverage on, he’s quick to shoot his hands into his aiming points and sustain within those spots for an elongated period of time. 

Hand Technique: Still needing work on different techniques in order to get into his spots, he’s an offensive lineman that doesn’t waste much time with where he wants to land his hands. Quickly putting them where he wants to, as he develops on the next level, he will need to figure out different tactics of how he can get there instead of going strictly to it out of his stance. 

Football IQ: Displaying more awareness as a run blocker, he looks to be much more confident in that fashion. A much more fluid and confident mover in that department of the game, he enjoys the process of getting into a physical battle with the opposition. Fedd-Jackson has lots of high-IQ moments as he stays on track on runs. 

Versatility: Playing guard only during his career, he doesn’t have any other documented experience at other positions. Teams may also explore to see if he could snap the ball. This may lead to an experiment with him at center if he’s able to accomplish different feats. 

Pass Sets: Needing to add more details to his sets overall, his feet can often go dead and he relies on his physical maturity in his lower half. He’s also a pass protector that you want to keep in his own domains. Using him on pull blocks to imitate run action really isn’t his forte. 

Flexibility: Fedd-Jackson doesn’t play the game with much knee bend. A relatively high operating level type of player, he can reach points where he plays the game standing up. Continuing to improve his pad level and maintaining his leverage will be areas that have to be harped on with him every day during his development to instill consistency.

SCOUT GRADES

TDN Consensus: To Be Determined

Jordan Reid: 68/100

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