Drake Jackson projects as a scheme-specific starter at the NFL level. Jackson has the needed hand leverage, short-area mobility, and football savvy to excel in the heart of an NFL line—although his playing experiences will leave questions about how well suited he is to start immediately in a much more pass-happy environment. Jackson has served as the anchor of the Wildcats' offensive line for four seasons and the end result is a really well-rounded center prospect who can handle one-on-one reps against a nose or combo block and climb with efficiency against shaded interior defenders. Jackson has the needed nimble feet to win in space and the biggest question for him will be if he can be a scheme transcendent player. As is, I like him most in an offense that implements a lot of WCO and inside zone concepts. He’s not a high-level traits player and he’s not going to offer versatility to move around the line, but Jackson is proficient at what he does and is a perfect example of a competent iOL that can be found in the middle rounds of the NFL draft.
Ideal Role: Starting center.
Scheme Fit: Inside zone heavy rushing attack.
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