Leon Jacobs NFL Draft 2018: Scouting Report for Jacksonville Jaguars' Pick

Matt Miller@nfldraftscoutNFL Draft Lead WriterApril 28, 2018

Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett runs past Wisconsin linebacker Leon Jacobs during the first half the Big Ten championship NCAA college football game, Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)
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POSITIVES

—Dominated the combine with a 4.48 in the 40 and a 10'2" broad jump.

—Naturally gifted athlete who moves easily in space and was used in a variety of roles at Wisconsin.

—Burst off the ball can be scary good and combined with body control makes him dangerous if he's kept clean on the edge.

—Can run down ball-carriers and might even have the speed to match up with tight ends in coverage.

—Moldable prospect who could be crafted to fit into whatever role the defensive coordinator sees as his best fit.

—Has immediate special teams value.

        

NEGATIVES

—Undersized for the edge at 6'1", 245 pounds (was listed at 6'3", 230 lbs).

—Has to win with speed as a pass-rusher; hasn't developed hand use and struggles to use his length to create separation.

—One-year starter and more of a workout warrior than football player. Never made a huge impact on Saturdays.

—Hasn't learned the intricacies of the position and will need time to sit, watch and develop.

       

OVERALL

Leon Jacobs was the ultimate team player at Wisconsin, sitting behind studs like T.J. Watt and even playing some fullback before earning a starting gig in 2017. He's an athlete but doesn't have the size or technique to make an early impact as more than a rotational player.

       

GRADE: 5.85 (Round 4)

PRO PLAYER COMPARISON: Keion Adams, Pittsburgh Steelers

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