- BProjectionRound 3-4
- Hand10 ¼
- Arm34 ¼
Strong Points: Rare size with a real cannon for an arm. Really zips the ball and gets it into tight spaces. Very good athlete for a man his size -- can run and change direction. Throws a tight ball and is capable of making every NFL throw. Streak thrower who has hot spells when he is consistently on target. Quickness and speed makes him dangerous as a runner. Overhand delivery and a quick release.
Weak Points: Inconsistent accuracy. Takes chances with his arm, often coming up short. Inconsistent with his reads and will throw into traffic. One-to-two-read quarterback who isn't consistent diagnosing a defense. Had a knee injury in 2017 that caused him to miss significant time and must be checked out. Does not play against a top level of competition. Leadership is a question.
The Way We See It: A fourth-year junior, Jackson, in my opinion, made a poor decision to declare early. He isn't ready for the rigors of the NFL. He has talent and upside, and might have the best arm in the draft, allowing him to make throws of which few others are capable. Still, he is very inconsistent down after down and play after play. Might not be a top leader. Is he capable of reading NFL defenses and making correct decisions? Jackson will get drafted, but not as high as he thinks he will. Clubs will gamble on his upside because of his size, athleticism and arm talent, not what he currently is. The club that drafts him will need time and patience, as he isn't ready for the NFL. I doubt that he is more than a third quarterback as a rookie, meaning he could be on a practice squad. Natural traits might get him drafted higher than my grade.