Counting Down the Top 25 Players in the NFC South: No. 15, Vincent Jackson

Knox Bardeen@knoxbardeenNFC South Lead WriterJuly 12, 2012

New Buc Vincent Jackson during OTAs in June (photo courtesy of US Presswire).
New Buc Vincent Jackson during OTAs in June (photo courtesy of US Presswire).

Welcome back to “Counting Down the Top 25 Players in the NFC South.” To see the entire list as it unfolds, scroll down to the bottom of this page. To see the rules and ranking criteria, click here.

Coming in at No. 15 is Vincent Jackson, the first wide receiver on the list and the first player who's making his NFC South debut in 2012.

Jackson caught 60 passes last year for 1,106 yards and nine touchdowns. His 2010 season was a bust as he was suspended and held out because of a contract dispute, but in each of the two seasons prior, he put up 1,000-yard-plus receiving seasons.

Tampa Bay is hoping that the 1,000-yard seasons will continue on the west coast of Florida for Jackson. The last time a receiver did that for the Buccaneers was 2008 when Antonio Bryant led the team with 1,248 yards receiving.

But it's not just Jackson's skill that has made him a popular man in Tampa Bay thus far.

Jackson brings a breadth of experience to a young wide receiver corps. That experience has already worked wonders in training camp as Jackson is a tutor on the field as well as in the film room.

Whether he's teaching young receivers about catching the ball or catching it himself, Jackson will be a huge addition to the Buccaneers.


The 2012 Bleacher Report Top 25 Players in the NFC South List

15. Vincent Jackson, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

16. Tony Gonzalez, TE, Atlanta Falcons

17. James Anderson, LB, Carolina Panthers

18. Jahri Evans, OG, New Orleans Saints

19. Sean Weatherspoon, LB, Atlanta Falcons

20. Jon Beason, LB, Carolina Panthers

21. John Abraham, DE, Atlanta Falcons

22. Charles Johnson, DE, Carolina Panthers

23. Adrian Clayborn, DE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

24. Curtis Lofton, LB, New Orleans Saints

25. Josh Freeman, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers


Top 25 List (by team)

Atlanta Falcons:  3

Carolina Panthers: 3

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 3

New Orleans Saints: 2


Top 25 List (by position)

LB: 4

DE: 3

WR: 1

OG: 1

QB: 1

TE: 1