NFL Trade Speculation: 3 Teams That Could Give Tyson Jackson a Second Chance
When you are the third overall pick in a draft, you are expected to make an immediate impact on your team. When the Kansas City Chiefs picked defensive end Tyson Jackson in 2009, this was the situation. As a two time All-SEC player, the expectations for Jackson were very high.
After two seasons with the Chiefs, Jackson has disappointed many fans. While his pedestrian numbers might be okay for many defensive ends, for a player with those expectations, it is far from adequate.
The Chiefs may not be looking to get rid of Jackson but, if the offer is right, they would be forced to consider a trade. If the Chiefs decide Jackson can not help them, there are three teams that could benefit from a trade bringing Jackson to their city.
New York Jets
2010 showed the New York jets finish with an 11-5 record. Despite this, the Jets only finished second in their division, finishing behind the New England Patriots. For the New York to move up to the next level, the Jets will have to fill in some of their weaknesses. One such weakness is defensive end.
The Jets drafted Muhammed Wilkerson in the first round, a defensive end that reminds head coach Rex Ryan of current defensive end, Trevor Pryce. With Pryce turning 36 before the 2011 season begins, the Jets could need another defensive end to upgrade from Mike DeVito.
While Tyson Jackson has not been the star that the Chiefs had hoped for, a change of scenery can always help. If Jackson was to be plugged into Ryan’s complex defensive scheme, there is a possibility that Jackson could turn around his fortune and reach his full potential.
After finishing last in the AFC North in 2010, the Cincinnati Bengals will be looking for a way to turnaround their fortunes and return to their 2009 winning ways.
One of the major areas in need of improvement is their defense.
With a quality young defensive end like Carlos Dunlap, the Bengals could benefit from another young defensive end on the other side of the line. Playing with Dunlap with give Jackson a good pairing that would take some pressure off of him, possibly allowing him to blossom into the defensive end everyone expected before he was drafted.
San Diego Chargers
The San Diego Chargers drafted Corey Liuget in the first round of the 2011 draft, alleviating a problem at defensive end. Unfortunately, that only takes care of one of the defensive end positions.
While Luis Castillo has shown a great deal of talent, the Chargers could use an upgrade at the position. Tyson Jackson may not have been a dominate force thus far, but the Chargers could use his talent on the pass rush and possibly develop him into something more.
Acquiring Jackson from the Chiefs could actually help the Chargers beat Kansas City out for the division title.