Potential San Diego Chargers 2014 NFL Draft Profile: Mississippi State OG Gabe Jackson

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Nov 2, 2013; Columbia, SC, USA; Mississippi State Bulldogs offensive linesman Gabe Jackson (61) in the game against the South Carolina Gamecocks at Williams-Brice Stadium. The Gamecocks defeated the Bulldogs 34-16. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Here is the scouting report from CBS Sports:

STRENGTHS: Demonstrates not only the raw power expected of a man of his size but also surprisingly nimble feet and balance while in pass protection, to mirror quick rushers. Jackson plays with excellent knee bend and has long arms, which help him stay square and in control of his opponent in pass pro. He’s a powerful drive blocker who uses his natural leverage advantage well, showing good leg drive to push defenders off the ball. Despite his girth, Jackson shows good lateral agility and balance to find fits at the second level. Defenders are seldom able to disengage once Jackson locks in. Is not satisfied with simply occupying space, and prides himself on pancaking and rag-doll’ing opponents. Does a nice job of absorbing the bull rush with his lower half, and rarely surrenders more than a step or two before resetting and anchoring. Comes off the snap quickly and gets up to speed quickly when asked to pull.

 

WEAKNESSES: Doesn’t appear quite as comfortable in space, particularly when headhunting at the second level, as he struggles to break down and redirect with suddenness. Is slow to go vertical when navigating through “trash” and will get tangled up. Tends to zone in when competing one-on-one, and will lose awareness of his surroundings at times. Drops his head and throws himself at defenders too often, and will get caught over-extending in pass protection.

And here is some tape of Jackson against LSU:

 

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  • Calman21

    Looks good.

  • Sergio Quintero

    I have no feeling on where the chargers will draft an offensive lineman, they could go as high as the 2nd round or completely go undrafted.

    My best guess is somewhere around 2-4, I have really liked Trai Turner & Dakota Dozier at around round 3-4.

    • Tazzster

      My guess is first round…. next year.

  • tubbs45

    Jackson, Turner and Bitonio are three realistic linemen I would love to have wearing the bolts!

  • Gunnar Martin

    He’s my second favorite behind Su’a-Filo. Then Dozier and Turner. I like this class.

  • Cgoodness13

    So basically he’s ideal against a 4 down set?

  • arnie

    A friend of mine once told me “…the Chargers should only draft from the SEC….” After getting Fluker i can see why. This may surprise some people but i’ll keep banging the drum. This draft is stacked with CB an WR. Not so much with line-men, defensive or offensive. My guess they could look to the first three rounds to address those needs. The flat truth is you build from the inside out. Cam Thomas question was answered, and moved on. The Center an Guard positions is still up in the air.
    This Kid would make a great fit and if he’s still there in the second, or third round, he may be in the Bolts uniform.

  • Derek

    we have the best oline coach in the league, no reason to draft anything more than a developmental guy at 5th rd or later. especially since we got all our guys back. i suggest we grab a developmental center everything else regarding o line can be addressed next rd of FA and draft.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      wouldnt you want to give the guy some talent though? we had one of hte best quarterbacks in the league and we didnt give him anything to work with and he struggled. Still need some talent and he can turn that guy into a hall of famer

      • Derek

        ur right, but our needs are much greater at other poisitions. db, nt, wr. we were a top ten offense with a line of guys who didnt know eachother and none of which were established stars. we have the same line coming back, compared to a dline that struggles to be decent and a defensive back field that depends heavily on the rush due to lack of star power. not to mention our wr corps that has been decimated by injury along with not compinsated like other teams. also look at recent history, when is the last time a stacked o line got to the super bowl? you could say the pats, however a stacked d line beat that. to me this says defense is key. phill struggled not due to lack of recievers, but like other qb’s, harassment in the pocket. phill proved with tutu he can hit anybody anywhere, he just needs time. so to me the only question is should we draft a wr or olineman first. the first 2 picks NEEd to be defense.