Drake Jackson

Drake Jackson

Measurements
  • Height
    6030
  • Hand
    10 1/8
  • VJ
    36.5
  • Weight
    254lbs
  • Arm
    34
  • Speed
ED Combine Averages
  • Height
    6032
  • Hand
    9 3/4
  • VJ
    33.25
  • Weight
    265lbs
  • Arm
    33 1/4
  • Speed
    4.8
Brandon Tamres - Scout
Drake Jackson
  • Overall Rank
    49
  • Position Rank
    9
  • Position
    ED
  • Age
    21.2 Years
  • Team
    SOUTHERN CAL

Stats

Year Games Played Tackles TFL Pressure % Sacks Misc. Stats
2019 11 46 11.5 7.7% 5.5 1 FF, 3 Pass Deflections
2020 6 20 5.5 11.3% 2 1 INT, 1 Pass Deflection
2021 11 37 8 15.4% 5 1 FF, 1 QB Hit

Build

Does he have prototype size? What is body type? What is growth potential?

Has an adequate thin build with adequate height and average weight. Has adequate broad shoulders with above the line long arms. Has an adequately thick lower body. Looks like he has some growth potential. He suffered a foot injury that forced him to leave the game against Arizona early and limited him v UCLA. In 2019, he left the Notre Dame game early with a thigh injury.

  • Size
    6
  • Length
    7
  • Frame/Durability
    6
Grade 6.3

Mental

Is he instinctual? Does he play with urgency?

Does an adequate job of diagnosing run v pass. Does an adequate job of keying the ball. Would like to see him show more consistent urgency once he keys the ball. Displays adequate gap integrity and does an adequate job of staying in his pass rush lanes. Shows adequate snap timing/anticipation...Displays average physical toughness. Does not look like he loves contact.

  • Toughness
    5
  • Instincts
    6
  • Effort/Motor
    7
Grade 6.0

Athleticism

Does he have the athletic traits you want?

Jackson is an adequate athlete with outstanding bend in the hips, knees, and ankles, that gives above the line cornering ability. Displays above the line twitch, and is sudden enough to beat OTs inside. Has a combination of above the line explosiveness, acceleration, body control, adequate speed, lateral agility, and adequate COD. Has adequate play strength that allows him to do an adequate job of setting the edge.

  • Explosiveness
    7
  • Speed
    6
  • Body Control
    7
  • Flexibility/Bend
    8
  • Change of Direction
    6
  • Play Strength
    6
Grade 6.7

Technical

Does he have a refined skill set? Is he a projection or is his game developed enough to contribute early?

Jackson has an above the line get off due to above the line explosiveness, acceleration, and adequate snap timing. He does an adequate job of creating pass rush angles. Displays adequate UOH as a pass rusher, with an adequate arsenal filled with clubs/swipes. He displays above the line hand accuracy, and initial hand placement on bull rushes and vs drive blocks. Does an above the line job of maintaining arm extension vs drive blocks. Has adequate anchoring ability. Has adequate disengage ability due to adequate heavy hands and adequate timing...He needs to improve his pad level. He consistently plays too tall. Pass rush plan needs to improve. Would like to see him play consistently with more violence. He looks like he avoids contact at times.

  • Get Off/Initial Burst
    7
  • Pass Rush
    6
  • Heavy Handedness
    6
  • Point of Attack
    6
  • Disengage
    6
  • Closing Speed
    6
  • Twitch/Suddenness
    7
  • Play Temperament
    5
Grade 6.1

Grading Scale

  • 10
    Rare
  • 9
    Elite
  • 8
    Outstanding
  • 7
    Above the Line
  • 6
    Adequate
  • 5
    Average
  • 4
    Limited
  • 3
    Poor
  • 2
    Deficient
  • 1
    Reject

Summary

What role does he play? What is his initial projection?
Drake Jackson is a JR at USC, who has started 28 of 28 career games. He's a former 4 star prospect, and was an All-American senior year. He finished his career with 12.5 sacks, 25 TFLs, and 103 tackles. He was named to All-Pac-12 Second Team in 2020 and 2021. Jackson's best attribute is his ability to bend. He does a lot of things well, but nothing outstanding. He has a high floor, and should be able to see time early on in his career. He fits best as a 3-4 OLB and can also play with his hand in the dirt. He projects as a rotational player in year one, and has low-end starter upside down the line.

Film Watched

  • iconBest Game
  • AT Colorado
  • Oct - 02 - 2021
  • 3 sacks, 6 pressures generated.
  • iconWorst Game
  • AT ASU
  • Nov - 06 - 2021
  • Only 1 pressure generated.
Best Trait
Flexibility/Bend
Pro Comparison
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