Welcome to another installment of "Future of the Franchise" the last guy we went over was DE Trent Murphy. Here is the the link: http://www.silverandblackpride.com/2013/9/18/4744598/future-of-the-franchise-trent-murphy-de-stanford. It has been a while but I have been busy this last few days, but now I'm back at it. I was wondering who I was going to do for my next article but as I watched Mondays game, I knew right away what position I wanted to do. So lets get this show on the road with our second OG prospect.
Offensive Guard, Mississippi St.
games played: 43
Projected Round: 1-2
position rank: 1-2
Let me introduce my favorite prospect of this draft. Graded as one of the best Lineman in the draft, Jackson is probably, one of the few NFL ready players in this draft. Jackson has been Mississippi St.'s Left Guard for his entire college career. while not as big as Cyril Richardson, he is just as powerful and has way better technique than Richardson. while doing research on Jackson, I was very impressed with what I found and helped solidify my reasoning for the best option for the Oakland Raiders. This is the other Guard that rivals Cyril Richardson for the top Guard spot for this years draft.
blocking for current Indianapolis colt Running back Vick Ballard, Gabe Jackson has shown good run blocking throughout his career. but Jackson is also the best pass blocker among the OG in this draft. Last year, he allowed ZERO sacks on 394 attempts and was recently named SEC Lineman of the Week for 2013 by allowing no sacks and helped contributed to 551 total yards and made 5 pancake blocks on the day.
Jackson came onto the scene in 2010, where he was named SEC All-Freshman selection by the coaches . He earned the starting spot at left guard prior to the season opener and helped pave the way for the Bulldog rushing attack that averaged 214.8 yards per game. he also posted 40 knockdown blocks.
In 2011, Jackson was named All-SEC Second-Team and Sophomore All-American team. He Started at left guard for all 13 games and Blocked for a running back who finished fourth in the SEC in rushing, while giving up the fifth-fewest sacks in the league. As a blocker, Jackson helped the 2011 squad reach the top 10 in school history for single-season marks in passing touchdowns, passing completions, total yards and first downs. he also recorded a team-high 69 takedowns.
in 2012, Jackson, as posted above, gave up no sacks on the year. this performance named Jackson All-America Second Team, First-Team All-SEC honors, and second-team honors by the SEC Coaches. Jackson started all games at LG. he had 98 Takedowns on the year and graded well against opponents such as Alabama, Florida, and LSU where he had a career high of 12 pancake blocks.
Here is the scouting report for Gabe Jackson by NFLDraftScout
" Jackson may very well be the top OG in this drat and is definitely a top 5 lineman. He may not be as massive as Cyril Richardson but Gabe Jackson has plenty of power. Jackson's short and squatty build makes him an effective drive blocker making him a good choice for a power scheme. Unlike Richardson, Gabe Jackson possesses light feet and great balance so he can also star in a zone scheme as well. It is easy to say that Jackson is the most well rounded OG in this draft and can thrive in both schemes in both the run and pass. He has a natural leverage advantage with his size and shows good leg drive to push defenders back. he has good lateral agility and gets to the second level. Jackson definitely grades out as a first round pick."