No surprises here for all of you who read the title. This former first-round pick of the Seattle Seahawks has found himself in many biggest busts ever on the Seahawks B/R page, yet he should make a real impact for the Lions this season.
In the 2010 season, Lawrence Jackson was impressive in his limited playing time. He recorded six sacks while only really getting any play time after Week 9. He showed good skills rushing the passer from the left and the right side, and he also was stout against the run.
Now, why he will break out. The primary reason for this is the injury to Kyle Vanden Bosch. While he was the starting right defensive end at the start of last season, he suffered serious injuries last season which are likely to alter his play style. While he will still be a great situational player who can stop the run, his age and injury history should demote him to the backup and motivational leader role.
Also, Jackson's skill set is straight out of the first round. He stands 6'5" and weighs 271 lbs, and also has an explosive first step. He also has the strength to play inside as a defensive tackle on passing downs. He even competed well with Jake Long, one of the best offensive tackles in the league, when the Lions played the Miami Dolphins last year.
The final reason is predicated on the strength of the defensive line. With Cliff Avril on the other side and Ndamukong Suh terrorizing the middle of offensive lines, Lawrence Jackson will not be the highest priority of offensive lines. This will leave him always battling just one offensive lineman, and generally without a great deal of game planning going into stopping him (at least early in the season).
2011 Statistical Prediction: 38 tackles, nine sacks, three forced fumbles, one fumble recovered