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

Darren PageFeatured ColumnistFebruary 15, 2014

Western Kentucky linebacker Andrew Jackson (4) reacts after Troy quarterback Corey Robinson (6) was sacked in the first half of an NCAA college football game in Troy, Ala., Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012. Robinson was injured on the play. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)
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Andrew Jackson, ILB, Western Kentucky (HT: 6’1” WT: 254 lbs)

Indianapolis Colts

Sixth Round: 203rd Pick

NFL Comparison: Brandon Spikes, LB, New England Patriots

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601025431 1/2"9 1/2"
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 Positives

  • Thick build with large legs. 
  • Powerful linebacker in all aspects of his game. 
  • Quick feet to change directions or elude blockers laterally. 
  • Comes downhill in run fits with exceptional acceleration. 
  • Can shoot gaps in run blitzes to make plays in the backfield. 
  • Closes down space on lead blocks and has power to take them on. 
  • Drops pads to leverage blockers and maximize power. 
  • Keeps eyes up while engaged, locates the ball consistently. 
  • Mirrors backs defending zone runs between the tackles effectively. 
  • Strong upper body to shed blocks with adequate length. 
  • Instinctively picks his way through congestion in the box. 
  • Powerful tackler who can deliver the blow with high impact. 
  • Initiates contact in pass coverage, gets physical with tight ends and backs. 
  • Adequate job following the eyes of quarterbacks to get into passing lanes. 
  • Times blitzes well with instincts to anticipate the snap. 
  • Builds up a head of steam as a blitzer and can overwhelm pass blockers. 
  • Had effective performances against BCS teams on Western Kentucky’s schedule.

 

 

Negatives

  • Short, stumpy linebacker with little room for physical growth. 
  • Inconsistent play-recognition skills. 
  • Blockers can run up on him when his reads are slow. 
  • Tends to guess coming forward against the run instead of reacting to reads properly. 
  • Negligible closing speed in the open field, doesn’t make plays at the perimeter regularly. 
  • Limited range in coverage, slow to get depth as well. 
  • Doesn’t play with head on a swivel or pick up routes well in zone coverage. 
  • Few responsibilities in pass coverage at Western Kentucky. 
  • Stiff hips in movements with athletic limitations for man coverage. 
  • Doesn’t maintain balance well in his movements, can play out of control. 
  • Turns and runs to off tackle and perimeter run plays without discipline in pursuit angles. 
  • All or nothing in tackle attempts, goes for the knockout blow too often. 
  • Statistical production dropped as a senior.

 

Collegiate Statistics
YearTeamTacklesTFLSacksFFPDINT
2011WKU109173.5121
2012WKU12216.52410
2013WKU968.51020
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Personal Notes

  • A 2-star prospect as a recruit in class of 2010, unranked by Rivals
  • Three-time first-team All-Sun Belt Conference performer. 
  • Served a one-game suspension in 2013 for a violation of team rules.

 

Ratings Chart

Graph made at nces.ed.gov.

 

Overall

Andrew Jackson’s senior season didn’t live up to the expectations that came from a phenomenal junior season.  His production was down, but more importantly, he didn’t look like the same player at times. 

That shouldn’t completely turn teams away from him.  Jackson has the body and skills to carve out a niche as a two-down linebacker in a scheme which plays to his strengths.  He shouldn’t be asked to flow over the top of plays and get to the perimeter.  Instead, he should be tasked with controlling the ground game between the tackles, where he can come downhill and throw his weight around.

 

Draft Projection: 6th-7th Round