Defensive tackle Sleeper- Darryl Jackson

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  1. rmartin65

    rmartin65 I'm Score

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    As most of you know, I spend a lot of time scouting small school prospects, the players from FCS (D1AA), D2, D3 and NAIA. In lieu of posting positional top ten lists (which did not garner as much interest as the effort I put into them), I have decided to just make threads devoted to particular players.

    The first installment of this series is Kean University defensive tackle Darryl Jackson.

    Statistics


    2006:
    6'1" 325 lbs
    10 tackles, .5 TFL, 1 sack

    2007:
    6'1" 330 lbs
    32 tackles, 4 TFL, 2.5 sacks

    2008
    6'1" 355 lbs
    32 tackles, 6.5 TFL, 2 sacks

    2009
    6'1" 330 lbs
    41 tackles, 3.5 TFL, 3 sacks

    Analysis

    As you can see, Jackson improved as his career progressed, which is something that you need to see from small school prospects. To make this even more impressive, he did this as the NT in the 3-4, and as the article states, he was taking 3 blockers at a time regularly. The footage on this guy is very impressive. He looked like a man among boys on the field, tossing people out of his way.

    Weight has been a serious issue. And I do not believe for a second the reported weight for his senior year, I estimated him at over 360 pounds. However, if the article is to be believed, he is down to 310. That is perfect for the Texans. He can be a run stuffer on running downs. He will very rarely get to the QB, but he was very hard to run by. With some NFL coaching, he could become a legit run plugger at the next level.

    Draft Projection

    Undrafted Free Agent

    Darryl Jackson played college ball like Mt. Cody. However, unlike Cody, he has shown the effort to get an NFL body, dropping at least 20 pounds (more like 50) in preparation for the combine. He would be well worth a camp contract, to be stashed on the practice squad for a year or two.

    http://www.nj.com/sports/njsports/index.ssf/2010/03/kean_u_nose_tackle_darryl_jack.html
     
  2. Honoring Earl 34

    Honoring Earl 34 Hey Koolaid

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    I agree , a small college player may be hungrier ... err ... more ambitious than Cody .
     
  3. steelbtexan

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    How does Jackson compare to SL Hill from Stillman last year?
     
  4. rmartin65

    rmartin65 I'm Score

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    I am glad someone else agrees. Jackson would cost only a UDFA contract, could be cut after camp for no cap hit.

    Unfavorably. Hill was dominant at a higher level and was more effective rushing the passer. Jackson is more of a run plugger, and is probably stronger. Just an estimate off of the film, he could put up 35 bench reps. He throws people away, remember the Jenkins ***** slap of Meyers? Yea, he was doing that to people when facing only one blocker. Ok, slight exaggeration, but he had his way against single blockers.
     
  5. rmartin65

    rmartin65 I'm Score

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    Ok, I need some help here. Jackson has had two pro days at the institute where he has been training. However, I cannot find any information on what happened at both of those. I read somewhere that on the first day he weighed in at 306 pounds, which is perfect for the Texans line. Other than that, I can't find anything.

    Any help will be greatly appreciated.
     
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    JB Old Curmudgeon

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    I was able to find this from March 9:

    http://www.nj.com/sports/njsports/index.ssf/2010/03/kean_u_nose_tackle_darryl_jack.html
     
  7. rmartin65

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    Thanks, but I posted that article at the top of the page. I am really interested in this player for some reason, he just popped off the screen when I watched Kean games.

    He was 350 lbs, by my (and NFLDraftScout said 348) estimation, and is now down to 310. That is the desire to succeed, something I dont see out of other players. And he seems like a high quality guy, I would like the Texans give him a UDFA offer, and see what he can do.
     
  8. awtysst

    awtysst Draft Guru

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    Unfortunately for him, this is a deep draft for DTs. If he came out in a shallow year he may go in the late 5th early 6th. As is, unless someone sees something they really love, I think he will be a UDFA.

    And if he can become a rotational/ backup guy he would be a steal as an UDFA.
     


  9. rmartin65

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    Throughout the entire thread, I have been saying he is a UDFA.

    It is a very deep DT class, I highly doubt he gets drafted. But I would love to see the Texans sign him soon after the draft.
     
  10. awtysst

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    I agree. I was just saying that if he came out in another year he would likely have been drafted based on his motor and desire. Too bad he came out in a heavy DT year.
     
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    Nice save, cause no one is hungrier than Cody. Cody is huge, but only did like 18 reps at his workout. That's pretty weak for a Nose Tackle.
     
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    Everything I read on this guy, I would drop a 6th on him in a heartbeat. Maybe TJ will get us a good DT.
     
  13. rmartin65

    rmartin65 I'm Score

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    Like Awtysst said, in any other class this guy would be a 5th or 6th round pick. But this DT class is ridiculously talented. I think he could be had in UDFA, but would probably use the 7th rounder just to be sure.

    The problem with just reading stuff is that you dont always know if you can trust the evaluator. I have seen some film on him, and I trust my self. He dominated the D3 competition, but we dont know how he would do against D2, FCS or FBS, let alone NFL competition.

    By the way, I agree completely with you on Cody.
     
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    It does not take much to manhandle a triple cheese pizza with whipped cream. I really don't care how many UDFA are signed as long as they don't take reps from people I think will make team. Good info 65!
     
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    Haha, nicely done!

    The Texans historically sign few UDFAs, and it kind of irks me. The top teams sign tons of players, and I think it is a reason why they are on top. They get to look at alot of players, find some hidden talent.
     
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    I would also like to see us give a chance to more UDFAs. It is pretty much risk free and there is a chance to find a contibutor.
     
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    But you've got an overall roster limit of 80 players that you can't go over. You've got to make a decision on which cast offs might be able to give you something, too.
     
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    They signed like 8-10 UDFA last year after the draft. The only one I know of that is still with the team is Arian Foster.
     
  19. rmartin65

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    I just re-read the article, and two things stuck out to me:

    1) He tripled his bench reps this off-season. Tripled. And he was already tossing people out of the way. I really want to see his bench reps now.

    2) His agent is Okoye's agent. That could possibly give us the edge in UDFA.
     
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