Andrew Jackson: Worth the risk?

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The Colts might have been able to grab a true gem in the 6th round with the selection of Western Kentucky linebacker Andrew Jackson. There is hard to dispute that Jackson had great production over his three seasons at WKU, but will that transfer to the NFL.

Questions surrounded Jackson after he declined to work out at the NFL Combine, Causing people to wonder if an injury was the cause but did show any signs of injuries and had an impressive pro-day. He has a 6’1” frame and wide shoulders, which are good qualities for linebackers at the NFL level.

He is a durable player that can be able to take on the physical players at the next level. A born competitor, Jackson has loved the game since he was a youth and absolutely hates losing. Jackson has the ability to find gaps in the offensive line and can shoot his way through. Jackson has great vision, recognizing blocking schemes and reading play actions and misdirection’s.

Strong enough to take on lead blockers and can bully his way through blockers though will sometimes find himself too focused on getting around blockers and finds himself out of position. Jackson takes smart angles while in pursuit of the ball carrier, though not quick enough if facing quicker backs. When he makes contact with the ball-carrier, Jackson makes sure that they feel his physical presence. He will not find himself in too many third-down situations due to his inability to contain receivers in man-to-man coverage.

The biggest red flag against Jackson is his history of poor off the field choices. He was suspended in one game last season for violating team rules, forced to sit out the entire 2010 season due to poor academic performance, an arrest in high school for attempted burglary, and held out of the 2007 season as part of a punishment. If the Colts are able to get these issues under control, they might have found a Vontaze Burfict quality player.