A four-star TE/DE high school recruit, Nicholas ?Nic? Jacobs stayed in-state to attend LSU and redshirted in 2010. He played mostly special teams in his time at LSU, seeing some time on offense as a sophomore, but a four-game suspension due to a violation of team rules ended his 2012 season and his LSU career, transferring to McNeese State in the summer prior to the 2013 season. Jacobs became the starter right away and had moderate production as an inline TE for the Cowboys, finishing his junior year with 32 catches for 453 yards and four scores. He has NFL size and length, but his speed and strength is average at best and his receiving traits leave a lot to be desired at this point in his development. Jacobs is a physical mauler in the run game, but he blocks more with attitude rather than technique and needs to improve his fundamentals in this area. He flashes NFL potential, but is very raw and unrefined at this stage of his growth and will struggle to make a roster with the player that he is right now ? might get drafted late, but more likely a PFA.
STRENGTHS: Looks the part with a prototypical frame, long arms and room to get stronger. Physical and competitive blocker, extending his arms into his man and generating movement. Finishes through the whistle and looks to bury. Balanced athlete with decent downfield speed for the position. Nice job extending his arms to secure catches away from his body with soft hands. Good body moves in his routes to sell his path. Tough to secure grabs in traffic and after the catch. Finished second on the team in catches in 2013 and showed he could be more than just a blocking threat or special teams body.WEAKNESSES: Needs to continue and get stronger and fill out his frame. Average-at-best functional power. Not an explosive athlete and too much of a slow starter, needing a few steps to get going. Allows his pads to rise and doesn?t explode out of his stance. Lethargic at the top of his routes and will struggle to gain much separation. Too easily slowed down. Rounds off routes and undeveloped in his area. Inconsistent blocking technique with poor hand placement and leverage. Needs to eliminate bad habits. Most of his playing time has come vs. lower level of competition in the FCS. Could stand to add more glass to his diet. Character needs investigated after he was suspended for the final four games of the 2012 season, ultimately leaving LSU.--Dane Brugler
08/01/2013 - 2013 PRESEASON ALL-SOUTHLAND CONFERENCE SECOND TEAM (COACHES/MEDIA): TE/HB Nic Jacobs, MCN, Jr., Many, La.,...Jacobs will be seeing his first action as a Cowboy this season after he spent the last two years as a member of the LSU Tigers. The highly touted tight end played in 19 games during his career at LSU, starting one, and made five catches for 58 yards. - McNeese State football