Weight: 310 lbs.
University of Southern California
Austin Jackson’s length, lower-body strength and consistent pass protection ability make him a worthy candidate at either offensive tackle spot in the NFL. By staying balanced in his stance, he’s able to keep opposing pass rushers off-balance. His quick feet and length help him recover if he’s beaten, which is an important trait for any pass blocker. Additionally, he really hustles when blocking down field, which isn’t always the case for offensive linemen in college.
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Scouts at The Draft Network spotted that Jackson sometimes gives away whether the upcoming play is a pass or a run with his stance, which he’ll need to change before coming to the NFL. Also, playing lower in his stance will help him better use his frame and allow him to finish plays better, which he’ll need to do to last in the pros.
Why he may fit with Washington:
Assuming former Pro Bowl offensive lineman Trent Williams has played his last down in Washington, it will be critical for the team to find a long-term solution at the position. The Redskins need to get younger on the offensive line, and Jackson could bolster it early on.
Austin Jackson looks like a starting offensive tackle with his prototypical size and strength, but utilizing it better by refining his technique is key, though he would be a fine selection for the ’Skins if he can do so.
Projected Round: Late 2nd/Early 3rd