Malik Jackson to Broncos: Video Highlights, Scouting Report and Analysis

Jon DoveContributor IApril 28, 2012

GAINESVILLE, FL - SEPTEMBER 17:  Running back Chris Rainey #1 of the Florida Gators has his facemask grabbed by defensive lineman Malik Jackson #97 of the Tennessee Volunteers during a game at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on September 17, 2011 in Gainesville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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Malik Jackson is an intriguing prospect who offers some versatility. During his college career, Jackson lined up at both DE and ET. At 6'5" and 284 pounds, he offers the size needed to play either position in the NFL. He can remain at this current weight and play end, or bulk up and play some 3-technique.

Jackson is a hard worker who always pursues the football. His explosive first step allows him to create pressure on the quarterback. His quick and violent hands help him remain clean while working his way into the backfield.

Todd McShay and Scouts Inc. feel there's a chance the former Tennessee Vol can develop into a solid pass-rusher:

Flashes the ability to turn the corner. Above-average initial quickness (1.64 10-yard split) and active hands make it difficult for offensive tackles to lock into frame. However, doesn't have the bend or closing speed that teams covet in edge rushers.

Jackson will have an immediate impact in the NFL. His ability to get after the quarterback will help him force his way onto the field, and Jackson could end up being one of the bigger steals in this entire draft. It's hard to find a player who can rush the passer from both the end and tackle position.

At the very least, he will get on the field as a pass-rush specialist early in his career. However, he has the talent needed to be an immediate starter.

The Broncos add depth to their already hefty D-line of Elvis Dumervil and Robert Ayers.  He'll likely make his way onto the field quickly due to his explosiveness and versatility.