Gabe Jackson, LG, Mississippi State, (HT: 6’3¼”; WT: 336)
Third Round: 81st Pick
NFL Comparison: Kraig Urbik, OG, Buffalo Bills
- One of the best linemen in Mississippi State history.
- Drew praise to start 2014 Senior Bowl practices, garnering frequent comparisons to Larry Warford, 2013’s standout guard in Mobile, Ala.
- Showed off a monstrously deep and broad chest at the Senior Bowl weigh-in to go with long arms.
- Sets into wide power base with even distribution of weight and balance in pass protection.
- Displays excellent feet, positioning and understanding of leverage in numerous aspects.
- Outstanding initial burst off the line of scrimmage in the run game.
- Capable of successfully handling SEC-caliber 3-techniques without combo-block or double-team help. Plays faster than his testing times in explosive drills would indicate.
- Has shown the ability to get to the second level and sustain good blocks on athletic linebackers.
- At just over 6’3”, has a ridiculous 82 1⁄8” wingspan per RosterWatch.com (subscription required), which would be normal for a 6’10” athlete.
- Uses long arms to fight and grab and reach, often with controlled violence.
- Tied for ninth place at the combine among linemen testing on the bench press, which is notable given length of arms.
- Tied for fourth-best vertical leap in Indianapolis and eighth-best broad jump among participating linemen.
- Plays with above-average toughness and power.
- Son of a coach.
- Can appear confused by stunts and overloads from the right side of the defense.
- Showed a troublesome knack for disappearing during prolonged periods of Senior Bowl workouts. Appears to have a motor that can peter out through games.
- Slow in identifying shifts and movements from the defensive front and will occasionally miss assignments.
- Ran a very disappointing 40-yard dash at the NFL combine, the third-worst among linemen testing.
- Better technique and general effectiveness in close spaces than in free, open space, where a lack of elite agility is often noticed.
- Was the third-worst performer at the combine in the three-cone drill.
- Shows a tendency to lunge wildly when beaten.
- Failed to capitalize on a great start to Senior Bowl week, flashing with less frequency as the week went on.
- Like other “mauler-type” tackles, can get moving in an out-of-control fashion downhill that can be ineffective.
- Is already basically maxed out weight-wise at 336 and nutrition will have to be managed.
Personal Notes (via Mississippi State Athletic Department)
Born Gabriel C. Jackson on July 12, 1991
Son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Jackson
His father was his high school coach.
Jackson is a prospect who evaluators will get fired up when watching on tape because he has good feet and can be completely dominating in a violent fashion. Mississippi State ran man-power concepts in 2013 behind Jackson that made him look like an unstoppable bulldozer at times.
As the film goes on, though, evaluators will also notice that there are times in games where Jackson appears less effective and less attentive to fundamental techniques and principles. He can get going downhill too fast, he can lunge and he can get gassed.
In total, Jackson seems to have flaws in his game that can be coached and is clearly an outstanding athlete. NFL teams will optimistically project Jackson as a possible Day 1 starter at camp.
Draft Projection: 2nd-3rd Round