NEPD Editor: James Christensen
After selecting four defensive players to start the 2015 NFL Draft, the Patriots were back on the clock for the 111th pick. They finally chose to add to the offensive side of the ball and selected Tre Jackson (OL, Florida State), former teammate and linemate of Bryan Stork.
Jackson has immense physical gifts. At 6’4″ and 330 pounds, he has the bulk and strength to move even the biggest humans working in the NFL. He seems to enjoy beating on defensive linemen, but has just enough agility and balance to out-position them as well.
Florida State guard Tre' Jackson, who Patriots selected at 111, took a pre-draft visit to team. 6-foot-3 3/4, 330 pounds. #NEpick
— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) May 2, 2015
Jackson could stand to improve his work out in space and moving to the second level. His strength lies in moving forward and winning with an initial jolt of strength and power. He projects mainly as a right guard, where he won’t be asked to pull as much. His weaknesses will be masked there, while his ability to help Stork contain the monstrous defensive tackles that toil in the AFC East.
Jackson will do fine short-setting in the Patriots quick passing game, but asking him to move laterally and mirror for long periods of time is not what you want to see.
An offensive line combination of Nate Solder, Ryan Wendell, Bryan Stork, Jackson and Sebastian Vollmer should make Tom Brady and the Patriots running backs smile.