BIOGRAPHY: Three-year starter who also saw action with the first team as a sophomore. Senior totals were 71/2.5/1 with one interception. Junior numbers included 80 tackles. Has been used in the middle and on the weak side.
POSITIVES: Fast, flowing linebacker with potential in a one-gap system. Displays speed to the flanks, collapses from the outside defending the run and nicely redirects to ball carriers. Gets depth on drops and quickly breaks to the ball in coverage.
NEGATIVES: Slow to react, not overly instinctive and over-pursues the action. Lacks strength at the point of attack.
ANALYSIS: A potential backup at weak-side linebacker, Jackson's speed and explosion gives him added value on special teams.