Jackson Jeffcoat NFL Draft 2014: Highlights, Scouting Report and More

Darren PageFeatured ColumnistFebruary 4, 2014

Texas defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat (44) celebrates with fans after his team's 31-30 victory over Iowa State in an NCAA college football game, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, in Ames, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
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Jackson Jeffcoat, DE, Texas (HT: 6’3” WT: 247 lbs)



NFL Comparison: Ryan Kerrigan, OLB, Washington Redskins

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  • Four year contributor with 33 career starts and consistent production. 
  • Sufficient play recognition skills. 
  • Frame is far from maxed out and can be built upon. 
  • Has significant arm length to challenge blockers with his upper body. 
  • Flashes a strong punch to the frame of pass blockers that can get them upright, including a club. 
  • Combats the length of pass blockers with his own to keep from being controlled on contact, will swat away hands. 
  • Effective as a stunting rusher or as a blitzer from off the line of scrimmage. 
  • Rushes with a high motor and has made numerous coverage or effort sacks. 
  • Can overwhelm run blocks when landing his hands to push them backwards. 
  • Sheds run blocks with relative ease by extending his arms to create space.
  • Anticipates blocks on the edge to keep his outside shoulder free and contain edge runs. 
  • Strikes with power as a tackler and does a fine job wrapping to finish. 
  • Has experience playing from multiple stances and various alignments, used in unique ways by Texas on occasion. 
  • NFL bloodlines, his father Jim Jeffcoat played for the Cowboys and Bills for a combined 15-year NFL career


  • Is thin in the lower half and not especially well-built throughout. 
  • Body type is stiff as a whole and he plays upright as a result. 
  • Chops his feet to change directions with a lack of balance and flexibility. 
  • Not an explosive mover, lack of acceleration from static positions. 
  • Tends to hop out of stances and even come off the ball a half-second late with some regularity. 
  • Often pops straight up coming off the ball, doesn’t initiate contact with low pads as a result. 
  • Struggles to bend around the corner as a speed rusher. 
  • Little variance in his pass rush moves. 
  • Doesn’t generate much power in rushes even if he strikes with his hands, too upright with nothing from the lower half. 
  • Can be rooted off the ball as a run defender if he doesn’t control with his hands, lack of strength generated from his lower body. 
  • Not a high impact defender pursuing ball carriers in the open field, lack of athleticism in space.
Collegiate Statistics

Personal Notes

  • A 5-star recruit out of Plano, Texas ranked No. 2 overall in the ESPN150 in 2010.
  • Missed 1 game in 2011 due to injury. 
  • Missed 7 games in 2012 with a ruptured pectoral muscle. 
  • 2013 Consensus All-American. 
  • 2013 Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year.

Ratings Chart

Graph made at nces.com.


Jackson Jeffcoat signed with the Longhorns back in 2010 as a highly decorated recruit.  27.5 sacks and 60 tackles for loss later, it’s still tough to pinpoint where he is a significantly improved player from where he was then.  A lack of athletic upside and some technical deficiencies that may not go away will limit Jeffcoat.  If possible, his best outlook may be to add significant bulk and play with his hand in the dirt as a 4-3 end.  A team may reach for Jackson Jeffcoat in May, but his limitations aren’t difficult to pinpoint.

Draft Projection:  4th Round