Watching Jackson JeffcoatFebruary 19th, 2014
When you’re coming off a 13-sack senior season and your dad had 100+ NFL sacks and is a professional defensive line coach, lots of NFL Draft analysts are going to pay attention.
But despite the awareness of defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat out of the University of Texas, there’s no consensus on where he’ll land in the draft.
Heck, nobody even asked super NFL Network guru Mike Mayock about Jeffcoat during Mayock’s three-hour conference call this week. And Jeffcoat won the Ted Hendricks Award for 2013, which honors the top defensive end in the nation. Jadaveon Clowney won in 2012.
This whole Jeffcoat situation intrigues Joe. He’s a pass rusher with a big yet small body, at about 6-5, 250 pounds. Jeffcoat battled injuries at Texas but emerged healthy last season and landed 13 sacks and all kinds of accolades. Yet given the NFL-wide yearning for pass rushers and Jeffcoat’s pedigree (he’s very close with his dad, Jim Jeffcoat, who now coaches defensive line for the University of Colorado after leaving the NFL and Bill Parcells’ Cowboys staff in 2004.) there’s surely not much buzz about the guy.
Joe suspects Jeffcoat is the kind of player who will make a move up many draft boards — and mock drafts — following the NFL Scouting Combine this week in Indianapolis. He’ll likely stand out in the interview process, and teams will get an up-close sense of what kind of strength can be added to his somewhat lightweight frame and what kind of raw burst he’s got.
Joe writes about Jeffcoat today because the Buccaneers called fans’ attention to him this week.
The team now directs fans to suggested “Daily Clips” (aka links to targeted media stories) on Buccaneers.com. The Bucs highlighted this piece by USA Today’s Lorenzo Reyes in which Reyes says Jeffcoat would be a great fit for the Bucs in the second round.
As Joe referenced earlier, Joe has seen a wide range of opinion on Jeffcoat, even as low as a sixth-round pick.
Obviously, the Bucs need pass-rush help, even if Warren Sapp says everything will flourish immediately because of Lovie Smith’s arrival.
Jeffcoat surely could catch the Bucs’ eye. Joe wonders how Lovie would evaluate his raw skills versus those of Da’Quan Bowers, William Gholston and Adrian Clayborn. Joe suspects Jeffcoat might look pretty darn attractive.