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2015 NFL DRAFT
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Keith Jackson

Height: 6-0 | Weight: 305 | College: Arkansas
 
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Overview

During his final two seasons at Arkansas, Jackson made a name for himself as a physical run stuffer in the middle of the line. If his name sounds familiar to old-time football fans, his father, Keith Sr., was a two-time All-American tight end at Oklahoma and was a six-time NFL Pro Bowl selection for the Philadelphia Eagles and the Green Bay Packers. Keith Sr. is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame and also serves as a radio color commentator on the Arkansas Razorback Sports Network for football games.

Jackson was rated the fifth-best overall player in Arkansas by Rivals.com as a senior at McClellan High School. He was a member of the Associated Press Arkansas Super Team as a senior. As a junior nose guard, he made 126 tackles (50 solos) while recording 4.5 sacks and three fumble recoveries. As a junior fullback he rushed for 880 yards and 13 touchdowns.

As a senior, Jackson had 80 tackles (eight for loss) and eight sacks. He was a member of the Prep Star All-Region VI Team and earned All-Southwest honors from Tom Lemming's Prep Football Report. He was given a 3.5 star rating by Forrest Davis.

Jackson enrolled at Arkansas in 2003, turning down scholarship offers from Oklahoma State and Louisiana Tech. He earned playing time in eight games as a reserve defensive tackle in 2003, posting 12 tackles (four solos) with a fumble recovery and a forced fumble. He continued to see reserve action on the defensive line in 2004, earning his first career start against Louisiana-Monroe. He finished his second season with 26 tackles (18 solos), two sacks, 4.5 stops for losses and a forced fumble.

Jackson took over right defensive tackle duties in 2005 and was the only down lineman to start every game. He registered 74 tackles (44 solos) with 2.5 sacks, 6.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage and six quarterback pressures. He recovered three fumbles and caused another while also batting away a pass.

As a senior, he earned All-Southeastern Conference first-team honors from the Associated Press. He ranked fourth on the team, recording 79 tackles (43 solos) with 2.5 sacks and 7.5 stops for losses from his right tackle position. In 14 games, he added 16 pressures, a forced fumble and three pass break-ups. He also intercepted two passes, returning one for a touchdown.

In 44 games at Arkansas, Jackson started 28 contests. He collected 191 tackles (109 solos) with seven sacks for minus-65 yards, 18.5 stops for losses of 87 yards and 23 quarterback pressures. He caused and recovered four fumbles, knocked down four passes and had two interceptions for 69 yards in returns, including a touchdown.

Analysis

Positives: Has a squat, yet thick frame with a thick chest, broad shoulders, wide waist and hips, built in the lines of a nose guard … High energy type who is very effective at splitting double teams and plugging the inside rush lanes … Does an adequate job of shedding blocks and moving down the line to make plays in pursuit … Lacks great timed speed, but is effective at moving to the ball in the short area … Has made steady strides in improving his work ethic and showed the last two years that he will give full effort during the game … Has a decent feel for blocks and locating the ball in a crowd … Does a much better job firing off the pass than he does in stringing out run plays … Will generally put himself in position to make the tackle … Has the strength for two-gap activity and uses his hands well to shed … when he keeps his pad level down, he has success getting underneath the blockers to penetrate and make plays in the backfield … Has the strong anchor to hold ground against plays directed at him … Takes good angles and shows the lateral range needed in pursuit … More of a drag down, wrap-up tackler, but can generate some explosion behind his hits … Needs to use his hands better to gain separation, but utilizes them well to defeat single blocks … Has the short-area burst to gain advantage and can drive the blocker back into the pocket when he stays low and fires off the snap with his head up.

Negatives: Even with his strong anchor, he can be pushed off the ball, especially when he gets too tall in his stance … Marginal pass rusher, as he is more apt to pressure the pocket than seal the deal (lacks awareness in the backfield) … Also lacks an array of moves to counter when attempting to penetrate … Active with his hands, but tends to get so involved with over-powering the blocker, he forgets about attacking the ball … When bull rushing, his arms get outside the frame, leaving his chest exposed to combo blocks … Needs to play with his head up (when he gets his head down, he struggles to recognize blocking schemes) … Has improved his work ethic, but will still get a bit lazy at times and needs monitoring.

Compares To: ANTHONY McFARLAND-Indianapolis … Like McFarland, when Jackson's head is into the game, he can be a disruptive force on the line. He has that low center of gravity and short area burst to get underneath the blockers, but needs to use his hands better in attempts to shed. He does well with two-gap assignments, but even though he plays with a high motor, he is better served in a sub package than as an every down lineman.

Career Notes

Produced 153 of his 191 tackles, five of his seven sacks and 14 of his 18.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage during his career over his final two seasons.

2006 Season

All-Southeastern Conference first-team selection by the Associated Press, earning second-team honors from the league's coaches … Started all fourteen games at right defensive tackle … Ranked fourth on the team with a career-high 79 tackles (43 solos) … Had 2.5 sacks for minus 25 yards, 7.5 stops for losses of 32 yards and sixteen quarterback pressures … Caused a fumble and deflected three passes … Had two interceptions, as he returned one 69 yards for a touchdown.

2006 Game Analysis

He was named the Walter Camp Defensive Player of the Week for his play in the Hogs' 27-10 win over Auburn … Followed that up with SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week honors and the Crip Hall Award vs. Southeast Missouri, as he also returned an interception 69 yards for a touchdown … Made two solo tackles, two assists and broke up a pass vs. Southern … Came back to make five assists vs. Utah State … Was all over the field at Vanderbilt with 10 tackles - five solo - a tackle for loss (-3), a pass breakup and two quarterback hurries … Notched nine tackles in the Hogs' 24-23 double-overtime win vs. Alabama … .Recorded eight tackles and half a sack for five yards at Auburn and was named the Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week … Had five solo tackles, two hurries and a pass deflection vs. Ole Miss … Notched six total tackles, including two solo stops and two quarterback hurries vs. Mississippi State … Added five solo stops, an assist and a stop for a loss and also forcing a fumble vs. Louisiana State.

2005 Season

Second-team All-SEC pick, as he started all season at right defensive tackle … Recorded 74 tackles (44 solos), ranking fourth on the team … Had 2.5 sacks for minus 22 yards and 6.5 stops for losses of 32 yards … Added six quarterback pressures, a forced fumble and three fumble recoveries … Also deflected one pass.

2005 Game Analysis

Averaged 8.3 tackles per contest in the final six games of the 2005 campaign including posting a trio of 10-tackle efforts vs. Auburn, South Carolina and Ole Miss. He earned at least three tackles in all 11 contests and five or more stops in eight games, including the final six games. He made the start at tackle in the Hogs' season opener vs. Missouri State. He made four tackles, including three solo stops, in the Razorbacks' victory. He moved to right tackle for good prior to the Vanderbilt game and started the final 10 games at that position. He netted seven tackles (three solo) and his first tackle for loss (-1) of the season vs. the Commodores. He made three solo stops along the Hogs' defensive front vs. No. 1 USC. He was dominating in his performance at Alabama earning two solo stops and five assists for seven total tackles. He earned a sack (-7) and a quarterback hurry vs. the Crimson Tide. He had one quarterback hurry and three solo tackles vs. Louisiana-Monroe in Little Rock. He recorded a career-best 10 tackles, including seven solo stops, vs. Auburn. He also had two quarterback hurries and a pass break-up vs. the Tigers. He made five tackles at Georgia, including a TFL (-3) and a quarterback hurry. Matched his season and career high with 10 tackles vs. South Carolina. He earned five solo and five assisted tackles vs. the Gamecocks. He also recorded half a sack (-6), recovered a fumble and earned one quarterback hurry. He duplicated his career-high effort the following week with another 10-tackle effort vs. Ole Miss. He earned Hogwired.com Defensive Player of the Week honors for his part in the Razorbacks' first league win. He garnered seven solo tackles, two tackles for loss (-11) and a sack (-9) vs. the Rebels. He came up big in helping stop Ole Miss' final offensive drive. He earned his sack on the Rebels' next-to-last offensive play and then forced a fumble on their final offensive snap. Vs. Mississippi State, he registered eight total tackles and recovered a fumble that led to a UA field goal. He concluded the season with seven tackles, including one for loss (-4), and a fumble recovery vs. No. 3 LSU. He recovered the loose ball on the Tigers' first offensive drive of the fourth quarter. Arkansas scored on the ensuing drive and shaved the LSU lead to two points.

2004 Season

Played in eleven games, starting vs. Louisiana-Monroe … Posted 26 tackles (18 solos) with two sacks for minus 18 yards, 4.5 stops for losses of 23 yards and a pressure … Also caused one fumble.

2004 Game Analysis

He earned an assisted tackle in the Hogs' season-opening win over New Mexico State. He played, but did not earn a tackle vs. No. 7 Texas. He earned his first career start vs. Louisiana-Monroe. He registered four tackles, including three solo stops, vs. the Indians. He was also credited with a forced fumble. He garnered two solo stops and an assisted tackle vs. Alabama. He garnered his first career tackle for loss (-1) in a road loss at No. 16 Florida. He tallied two solo stops in a road loss at No. 4 Auburn. He made two tackles and earned half credit for a tackle for loss (0) in a home loss to No. 6 Georgia. He racked up an assisted tackle in a 35-32 loss at South Carolina. He made two key tackles in the Razor-backs' 35-3 win over Ole Miss. He teamed with defensive end Jamaal Anderson to stop Rebels' running back Brandon Jacobs for no gain on a fourth down-and-one play in the first quarter. Arkansas took over on its 47-yard line and drove for a score of its own. He also tallied his first career sack (-4) to help stymie another Ole Miss drive in Arkansas territory in the third quarter. He tallied a solo tackle in the Razorbacks' 24-21 win over Mississippi State. He led the team with nine tackles vs. No. 12 LSU. Seven of his nine stops were solo tackles. He also earned a career-high two tackles for loss (-18) and one sack (-14) vs. the Tigers.

2003 Season

Jackson was scheduled to redshirt, but the coaches activated him for the fourth game and he went on to play in eight contests … Finished with twelve tackles (4 solos), a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.

Injury Report

2007: Could not complete the agility tests at the Combine due to a right groin pull.

Agility Tests

Campus: 4.85 in the 40-yard dash … 440-pound bench press … 605-pound squat … 300-pound power clean … 31-inch vertical jump … 8'8" broad jump.

Combine: 5.06 in the 40-yard dash … 1.72 10-yard dash … 2.95 20-yard dash … 4.56 20-yard shuttle … 7.65 three-cone drill … 30-inch vertical jump … Bench pressed 225 pounds 33 times.

High School

Attended McClellan (Little Rock, Ark.) High School, playing football for head coach Anthony Chambers … Rated the fifth-best overall player in Arkansas by Rivals.com as a senior … Member of the Associated Press Arkansas Super Team as a senior … As a junior nose guard, he made 126 tackles (50 solos) while recording 4.5 sacks and three fumble recoveries … As a junior fullback he rushed for 880 yards and 13 touchdowns … As a senior, Jackson had 80 tackles (eight for loss) and eight sacks … Member of the Prep Star All-Region VI Team and earned All-Southwest honors from Tom Lemming's Prep Football Report … Given a 3.5 star rating by Forrest Davis.

Personal

Sociology major, enrolled in the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences … Son of Valerie and Ronald Williams, and Keith Jackson, Sr … Father was a two-time All-American tight end at Oklahoma and was a six-time NFL Pro Bowl selection for the Philadelphia Eagles and the Green Bay Packers. Keith Sr. is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame and also serves as a radio color commentator on the Arkansas Razorback Sports Network for football games … Born 2/25/85 … Resides in Little Rock, Arkansas.

 
 

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