Widely considered one of the top recruits out of high school four years ago, Jeffcoat stayed in-state to play for the Longhorns and found the field early in his career, becoming a full-time starter as a sophomore. He struggled to live up to the hype as an underclassman and missed most of 2012 due to injury, but rebounded strong as a senior, earning the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year and Ted Hendricks Awards. Jeffcoat has strong hands to work off blocks, but is too easily manhandled in the run game as teams run at him routinely and he struggles to do much to stop it. He lacks special traits, but his motivated attitude and NFL bloodlines help him considerably. Jeffcoat doesn?t have elite skills, but is a try-hard player with enough ability to warrant a mid-round pick.
STRENGTHS: Looks the part with a solidly-built frame. Strong and forceful hands to attack, beat and fight through blocks. Works off contact well to stay controlled and be a force behind the line of scrimmage. Quick feet and lateral agility to sidestep blocks and close quickly. Makes plays all over the field with his chase speed and relentless pursuit. Nice job in space to stay disciplined with his eyes and won?t miss many tackles vs. the run. Top-notch motor and gives top effort, giving consistent hustle through the whistle. Strong competitor and works hard to finish. Versatile experience on the line and as a spy linebacker, lining up in both two and three point stance. Very good bloodlines as the son of Jefferson Jeffcoat, 15-year NFL veteran. Strong senior season, leading the team in tackles (86), tackles for loss (22.0) and sacks (13.0), earning the Ted Hendricks Award (nation?s top defensive end) and Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year Award.
WEAKNESSES: Broad shoulders, but large chest gives big target for blockers. Leaner than ideal with average strength and muscle definition. Lacks ideal functional strength to win at the point of attack with power, too easily blocked out of the play. Rushes too upright and plays too high with little bend. Tweener traits with inconsistent pad level. Straight-linish and lacks ideal ankle and hip fluidity. Limited creativity with his pass rush moves. Too easily handled in the run game and inconsistent holding contain, too easily tied up with single blockers. Battled injuries most of his career, missing most of 2012 with a right pectoral muscle rupture that required surgery.
02/20/2014 - 2014 NFL Draft Scout Pre-Combine Top 64 Prospects: 51. Jackson Jeffcoat, DE, Texas, 6-4, 250, 4.78, 2...Still seems to show more potential than production, but is attractive because he has the athleticism to play with his hand on the ground or stand up and drop into coverage. Was sidelined by severely sprained ankle in 2010 and then a torn pectoral muscle in 2012 for which he had surgery. His father, Jim, was a standout defensive lineman for the Dallas Cowboys (1983-94) and Buffalo Bills (1995-97) and has served as the defensive line coach at the University of Houston and Colorado. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange