Re: QB Tavaris Jackson
Anudda reach by Fran the Re-tard...
QB | (6'2", 226, 4.68) | ALABAMA STATE
Scouts Grade: 65
Strengths: Jackson has outstanding upside. Possesses adequate height and is a well-built athlete. Has outstanding mobility and very good speed. Is a threat to run and shows good elusiveness in the open field. He possesses outstanding arm strength and can make all the NFL throws. He shows great zip on his deep-out route throws and can drive the ball vertically on a line.
Weaknesses: Jackson is an unpolished quarterback. He lacks ideal mechanics. His footwork needs a lot of improving and he has too much of a wind-up delivery. He has a tendency to telegraph his throws by locking onto his primary receiver. He never was forced to read a lot of coverages. Comes from the small-school level where he got away with a lot because of his superior athleticism and arm strength. He trusts his arm too much and tries to force the ball into tight spots that he shouldn't. He needs to learn to change velocities and to take something off of his "fastball" on shorter, timing routes. Jackson has enough upside to gamble on in the late rounds, but he is very much a developmental project with a steep learning curve ahead of him in the NFL.
Overall: Jackson appeared in three games of the 2001 season but he missed the most of the season, as he sustained a shoulder injury and he was granted a medical red-shirt. He started one of the eight games he played in for Arkansas in 2002. Jackson transferred to Alabama State in 2003. He played in 13 games for Alabama State in 2003 throwing for 2,342 yards, 18 touchdowns and 13 interceptions while completing just over 50 percent of his passes. Jackson also rushed for 444 yards and five touchdowns on 91 attempts that year. He played in 12 games in 2004 throwing for 2,556 yards, 20 touchdowns and nine interceptions while completing just over 52 percent of his passes. Jackson also rushed for 367 yards and three touchdowns on 65 carries that year. He played in 11 games during the 2005 season. He threw for 2,941 yards, 29 touchdowns and five interceptions while completing over 60 percent of his passes. Jackson also rushed for 285 yards and three touchdowns on 103 carries. Jackson is an intriguing prospect because of his combination of arm strength, size and athletic ability. His accuracy and decision-making also improved during his senior season but he is a developmental prospect that needs to work on his touch and ability to read defenses. Jackson projects as a late-round pick for a team that is willing and patient enough to work with him as a developmental project.
I guess Foley tinks a late round is anything beyond da foist round, y'know? Along wit Ryan Cook, dis makes two reaches in da 2nd round! Jackson ain't a woithless pick like Ryan, but still, what are dey tinkin', y'know?
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