A 42-game starter who earned All-ACC first-team accolades in 2013 and consensus All-American honors as a senior, Jackson is arguably the most accomplished right guard in the draft.
Despite his reputation and NFL build, Jackson could struggle to enjoy the same success at the next level unless he learns to play with greater technique. He too often relies on his natural gifts and must prove he can consistently compete at the highest level.
STRENGTHS: Looks the part with a massive frame, thick legs, a big bubble and wide hips. Surprisingly quick, especially given his size, coming off the ball. Good burst to get to linebackers at the second level and the agility to turn and seal defensive linemen in the running game. Uses his mass and leg drive to easily plow opponents off the ball when he keeps his pad level low. Durable.
WEAKNESSES: Relies on mass and strength to occupy blockers. Stops his feet on contact. Strong enough to latch and control collegiate-level opponents but if he doesn't shuffle laterally or allows opponents to get into his chest, he can be beaten with quickness or power. Has the short-area quickness to get to the second level but doesn't have great balance or change-of-direction agility to adjust to moving targets.
05/05/2015 - In 2013, Patriots fourth-round guard selection Tre Jackson lined up just to the right of now-Patriots center Bryan Stork. In 2015, the duo could very well be reunited in the middle of the New England offensive line. "It's a great feeling to be alongside with one of my old players, one of my old guys that I know so well," Jackson said of joining Stork in Foxborough. Like Stork, Jackson was heavily scouted by legendary former Patriots offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia. The former assistant held a consulting role leading up to the draft in New England the last two seasons, and clearly signed off on a couple Seminole prospects. Part of that is the fact that Scarnecchia has a long relationship with Florida State long-time offensive line coach Rick Trickett. The two have similar coaching styles and that, Scarnecchia told Jackson, could help the young guard transition to life in the NFL in New England. "Pretty much work hard," Jackson said of Scarnecchia's advice. "He was telling me to continue to work hard and that the coach that I had in coach Trickett was a great coach. Coach Trickett was coaching the techniques and stuff that he was coaching, continue to believe and trust in the techniques, take them to the field and continue to work hard." - The Sports Xchange