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RB Brandon Jackson

Discussion in 'Packer Fan Forum' started by Arles, Apr 28, 2007.

  1. Arles

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    Brandon Jackson
    RB | (5'9", 210, 4.54) | NEBRASKA

    Strengths: He's a shifty back with excellent balance and body control. Displays the ability to stop and start with great ease. Shows good vision and possesses the initial burst to quickly hit the crease he sees developing. Runs with outstanding pad-level and always seems to be under control. He is a slippery runner that doesn't seem to take a lot of big hits and elusive enough to consistently make defenders miss one-on-one in space. He shows good toughness as an inside runner and will keep his legs driving after contact. Also displays enough burst to consistently turn the corner as an outside runner. He lacks elite speed but he does have a second-gear in the open-field and can beat some defensive backs in a foot race. He's a reliable underneath receiver and he's shifty and dangerous after the catch. He has been durable and he doesn't have much mileage on his legs.

    Weaknesses: Lacks ideal game experience and is a bit unproven. Has looked extremely promising in spurts but he has never proven capable of carrying a full load as the premier back. He still needs to get a bit bigger and stronger. He runs hard and shows some power but he's not the type that will run over defenders or push the pile much in short-yardage situations. He possesses adequate-to-good speed, but does not show elite second-gear in the open-field. He has room to improve as a route runner. While he has been reliable catching the ball, he has a tendency to let it get into his pads and needs to learn to catch with his hands far more frequently. Needs to improve his technique and awareness in pass pro. Also has had some fumbling issues in the past.

    Overall: Jackson saw action in 10 of 11 games as a true freshman in 2004 and carried 85 times for 390 yards (4.6 average) with six touchdowns. In 2005, he played in nine of 12 contests (two starts; Wake Forest, Pitt) and gained just 52 yards on 18 carries (2.9 average). Jackson then started nine of 14 games in 2006, rushed 188 times for 989 yards (5.3 average) and eight touchdowns, adding 33 receptions for 313 yards and two more scores. Over the past three seasons, he also returned 32 kickoffs for 579 yards (18.1 average).

    Jackson's biggest weakness is his lack of experience. He will need to improve his bulk and strength in order to hold up as a premier back in the NFL, and he also lacks elite top-end speed. However, Jackson is an instinctive, shifty and tough runner with the size-potential to emerge as a good starter in a zone-blocking scheme. In our opinion, Jackson is one of the more underrated prospects in the 2007 class and he could become a steal from the second-or-third round range of the 2007 draft.
     
  2. Arles

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    I like this pick a lot. He was a guy I targeted a few days ago and his style fits GB perfectly.
     
  3. PackFanInSC

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    Brandon Jackson Draft Profile
    BRANDON JACKSON
    Tailback
    University of Nebraska Cornhuskers
    #32
    5:09.7-210
    Horn Lake, Mississippi
    Horn Lake High School


    OVERVIEW:

    Entering the 2006 season, the Cornhuskers were searching through a slew of candidates to replace Cory Ross as their starting I-back. After Jackson underwent surgical procedures on both shoulders during his last two off-seasons, the coaching staff was just hoping he would log some playing time during the season. Little did they realize last August that by the end of the season, Jackson would emerge as the breakaway threat the Huskers desperately sought. Brought along slowly in the first five games, gaining 154 yards in the process, Jackson took over the starting role against Iowa State and went on to amass 835 yards on the ground in his final nine contests. At Horn Lake High School, Jackson was chosen as the Class 5A Offensive Player of the Year by the Mississippi Coaches Association two consecutive years and was an All-Region and All-State selection. He was named to the Dandy Dozen by the Jackson Clarion-Ledger, signifying the top 12 players in the state of Mississippi. Jackson also received All-Metro honors in the Memphis area his junior and senior years, and was Horn Lake's MVP as a senior. He played in the Mississippi-Alabama all-star game. Jackson rushed for 1,200 yards and 11 touchdowns for Horn Lake in 2003, helping the team to a 6-6 record and a trip to the second round of the Class 5A playoffs (largest class). He also had 200 receiving yards and one touchdown reception. As a junior, he rushed for 1,783 yards and 28 touchdowns, and made 20 receptions for 200 yards and two touchdowns. His performance helped Horn Lake to a 10-3 record and an appearance in the second round of the state playoffs. Jackson lettered four times in track, and had a career-best of 10.6 seconds in the 100-meters. He was sixth at state in the 100 as a senior, and helped the 4x200-meter relay team finish third at state in 2004, while aiding the 4x100 relay team's fourth-place state finish. He was also part of the 4x400-meter relay team that was second at the Class 5A state meet in 2003. Jackson was the first University Nebraska signee from Mississippi since current Philadelphia Eagle running back Correll Buckhalter in 1997, choosing the school over offers from Mississippi State and Memphis. He played in 10 games as a true freshman in 2004, ranking fifth in the Big 12 with 17 kickoff returns for 359 yards (21.1 avg). He also finished second on the team with 85 carries for 390 yards (4.6 avg) and six touchdowns. April surgery on his shoulder did not improve his condition, and Jackson struggled with the injury throughout the 2005 season. Even though he played in nine games, he was limited to 52 yards on 18 rushing attempts (2.9 avg). He added 63 yards on six kickoff returns (10.5 avg) and also had a five-yard reception. Even though he saw limited action through the first five games of 2006, Jackson went on to earn All-Big 12 Conference first-team honors. He ranked fifth in the conference with an average of 70.64 yards per game rushing, as he led the team with 989 yards and eight touchdowns on 188 chances (5.3 avg). He showed excellent receiving skills, making 33 catches for 313 yards (9.5 avg) and a pair of scores. He also totaled 157 yards on nine kickoff returns (17.4 avg). In 33 games at Nebraska, Jackson started 11 contests. He carried 291 times for 1,431 yards (4.9 avg) and 14 touchdowns. He gained 318 yards with a pair of scores on 34 receptions (9.4 avg) and scored 96 points. He also returned 32 kickoffs for 579 yards (18.1 avg), finishing with 2,328 all-purpose yards, an average of 70.55 yards per game.

    ANALYSIS:

    Positives: Has a compact, well-defined frame with good chest development, thick thighs and calves and deceptive burst to get out on the perimeter...Cuts sharply and changes directions suddenly...Makes quick decisions on the move, showing the field vision to locate soft areas on the field...Consistent in finding the cut-back lanes and changes direction well, showing the quick feet to side-step trash and break into the second level... Picks up defensive coverage well and is able to see the small cracks and explode through the holes...Even when he doesn't have the luxury of open lanes, he is capable of sinking his pads, redirecting and bouncing wide...Better when working along the perimeter, as he needs room to shift and displays the balance and body control, along with forward lean to pick up valid yardage after the initial hit...Aggressive inside runner with the weaving ability to pick-and-slide through traffic, doing a nice job of maintaining balance running through the pile and will keep his feet on the move...When he bounces to the outside, he can generate that accelerated second gear to separate from defenders upfield...Releases off the snap and gets into his routes smoothly in passing situations, showing marked improvement fielding the ball outside the framework...Falls forward with good body lean and shows a good slide step to make the initial tackler miss...Can get to the corner, cut and break free down the sidelines, building to top speed nicely...Runs at the low pad level you look for in a back (doesn't have to gear down to shift)...Has enough valid speed to be split wide in passing situations and is quite effective on swing routes...Lacks pop in his hips, but will face up as a blocker...Showed better patience waiting for his line to create rush lanes in 2006 than he did in the past...Shows no hesitation attacking the crease once he locates it, and has the field intelligence to avoid running into spots...Could use more upper body power, but can deliver a good stiff arm and has the proper pad level to bounce off tackles...Won't explode into tacklers, but has the leg drive to move the pile...One of his better assets is his ability to plant, drive and redirect, showing ease of movement to get past the second level...Has good hip swerve, head fakes and spin moves to set up and elude single tacklers...Knows how to shield the ball from defenders when working in the short-area passing game and has become a proficient underneath receiver due to his natural hands and ability to locate the soft areas in the zone...Can also provide emergency duty as a kickoff returner. Negatives: Size is a bit of a drawback, as he has short legs that make it tough for him to simply run over tacklers in tight quarters...While he has good acceleration, he is not really explosive (4.55-second 40-yard dash at the Combine), and along with his short legs he can be run down by defenders in his attempts to go the distance (needs to set up his moves rather than try to enter a foot race)...Has a penchant for carrying the ball exposed working his way up field, and while this has not been much of a problem, he needs to protect the ball better...Has a history of shoulder problems that warrant further medical evaluation...Stamina might be an issue, as he runs hard early in games but tapers off late...Good receiver out of the backfield, but has had several costly drops, as he prefers to absorb the ball rather than reach and pluck for it at its high point (poor timing on his leaps). Compares To: J.J. ARRINGTON-Arizona...With only one season of heavy rush load work, Jackson is still a work in progress, but he shows he is a decent underneath receiver with some value as a return specialist. He appears to be very capable of breaking a game open with his speed, but while he flashes brilliance, he also disappears for long stretches on the field, making him appear to be better as a change of pace back than a featured runner. With two shoulder surgeries in two years, his durability is another concern.
    INJURY REPORT:

    2005: Underwent shoulder surgery after April camp. 2006: Underwent additional shoulder surgery (other shoulder/undisclosed) in fall camp.

    CAREER NOTES:

    Ran for more than 100 yards in four games during his career, all coming in 2006 against Iowa State, Oklahoma State, Missouri and Colorado...Averaged 92.78 yards per game as a starter and 27.09 yards in games as a reserve...Touched the ball a school single-game record 41 times vs. Colorado in 2006 (34 runs, six catches, one kickoff), topping the previous mark of 40 by Lawrence Phillips vs. Iowa State in 1994.

    AGILITY TESTS

    Campus: 4.41 in the 40-yard dash...36-inch vertical jump...10'1" broad jump. Combine: 4.55 in the 40-yard dash...1.56 10-yard dash...2.62 20-yard dash...4.14 20-yard shuttle...11.47 60-yard shuttle...7.0 three-cone drill...37-inch vertical jump...10'2" broad jump... Bench pressed 225 pounds 21 times.

    PERSONAL:

    Sociology major, earning 2004 Big 12 Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll recognition...Volunteer speaker for the 2005 Fall Break Tour of Excellence...Son of Barbara Jackson...Born 10/02/85 in Chicago, Illinois, moving to Mississippi in 1996... Resides in Horn Lake, Mississippi.

    HIGH SCHOOL:

    Attended Horn Lake (Miss.) High School, playing football for head coach Larry Gann... Chosen as the Class 5A Offensive Player of the Year by the Mississippi Coaches Association two consecutive years and was an All-Region and All-State selection...Named to the Dandy Dozen by the Jackson Clarion-Ledger, signifying the top 12 players in the state of Mississippi...Also received All-Metro honors in the Memphis area his junior and senior years, and was Horn Lake's MVP as a senior...Played in the Mississippi-Alabama all-star game...Rushed for 1,200 yards and 11 touchdowns for Horn Lake in 2003, helping the team to a 6-6 record and a trip to the second round of the Class 5A playoffs (largest class)...Also had 200 receiving yards and one touchdown reception...As a junior, he rushed for 1,783 yards and 28 touchdowns, and made 20 receptions for 200 yards and two touchdowns...His performance helped Horn Lake to a 10-3 record and an appearance in the second round of the state playoffs...Lettered four times in track, and had a career-best of 10.6 seconds in the 100-meters...Sixth at state in the 100 as a senior, and helped the 4x200-meter relay squad finish third at state in 2004, while aiding the 4x100 relay team's fourth-place state finish...Also part of the 4x400-meter relay team that was second at the Class 5A state meet in 2003.
     
  4. Arles

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    Are they looking at the same player? Scouts says he's a sleeper as a main back but lacks speed. NFL says he's a speedy return specialist??

    I saw the kid play at Nebraska and I wasn't impressed by his speed, but he was a tough runner who did well in their zone blocking scheme.
     
  5. PackFanInSC

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    That is why there are so many mock drafts. Everyone has their own opinion.
     
  6. jhensiak

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    Lacks Speed???? 4.41 40?
     
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    He is pretty good...Although Tony Hunt is better...Michael Bush??
     
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    From what little I have seen, I like the pick but it looks like TT has done it again. Some of the experts had a few other RB rated ahead of him and TT picks the guy he likes. Nuts to the experts.
     
  9. all about da packers

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    Nice point WPR.

    cyoung, I think they may have not liked the way Bush was healing, so decided to go in a different direction perhaps?
     
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    I understand he isn't healing well and its true its dangerous maybe thats a good call.

    What about Tony Hunt or Antonio Pittman? I like Tony Hunt and really hoped the pack took him.
     
  11. all about da packers

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    I agree with you there, I think Hunt would have been a great compliment to Morency.

    But I love TT's record with second round picks, in 4 2nd round picks in 2 previous years, he selected: Nick Collins, Terrance Murphy, Greg Jennings, Daryn Colledge.

    I think he can really find value in the 2nd round, so I'm expecting quite a bit from this pick.

    Perhaps Hunt had trouble catching balls out of the backfield?
     
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    He is a great RB....but still I'd prefer Hunt

    Overall though him and the packers for now seem like they could work
     
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    WOW! Can U say "DOWNHILL RUNNER"!

    seems to have the speed to separate from DB's also
     
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    I like Jackson and believe he is a good fit but, I was expecting two or three other RB's noted on this thread to be taken by the Packers. What do I know???
     
  16. all about da packers

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    WOAH! That video has sold me on Jackson!

    This guy seems to be the perfect fit, outstanding cutting ability and he is quicker than he is fast.

    Also seems to have great fundamentals, always keeping his legs going even when he is runnings into a pile.
     
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    kid looks like a good fit.
     
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    Not to knit-pick but I saw some terrific line blocking there for him. It's also certain that he won't outrun many DBs.
     
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    You're right he did have some nice holes there. I did see a few times when he made the defenders miss. (That won't happen as often in the NFL).
    As far as out running the DBs- He don't have to. If he gets 5 yards a carry and never out runs the DB, I will be happy. :thumbsup:
     
  20. pack_in_black

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    What you saw was the effectiveness of the ZBS when executed properly. Look for a lot of those holes in the upcoming season.
     
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    Brandon Jackson Article <---

    "If one individual can carry the load, prove himself to carry the load, then we'll go that way," McCarthy said. "But if not we'll play situations, back-by-committee, however you want to label it. We added a very good player to our running back group. That's the way I view it."

    "I have a lot of confidence I can come in and start," he said. "I just have to work hard and earn that position. I'm no stranger to hard work."
     
  22. OregonPackFan

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    extremely tough back, looks a little like Michael Turner.
     

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