Desean Jackson Scouting Report

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Desean Jackson Scouting Report

Position: WR
Conference: Pac12
School: California Golden Bears
Year/Status: Drafted
Jersey Number: #1
Height & Weight: 6'0 - 166 lbs.
Drafted 2.18 in 2008 by PHI

2008 NFL Draft Prospect Scouting Report:

Desean Jackson, WR, California

Jackson is projected as one of the top wide receiver prospects in college football in a very deep receiver class. Jackson is one of the few receiver prospects possessing both elite speed and quickness. He has the chance to score every time he touches the ball. Jackson is at his best with the ball and in space; he makes tacklers miss with his shifty moves and then separates with his top-end speed. Jackson has not had the season statistically that many expected due to an early season injury and erratic quarterback play. Jackson also lacks bulk at 166 pounds (which causes concern for some NFL scouts), but his playmaking ability will make most teams overlook it. Jackson finished the 2007 regular season with 681 yards on 60 receptions and 5 receiving touchdowns, as well as one rushing touchdown. Jackson is also a dangerous punt returner and will likely contribute immediately in the return game at the next level. There is not another draft prospect that has the natural quickness and athleticism that Jackson does. Jackson was the fastest receiver at the combine running a 4.35 forty yard dash. He showed good quickness and speed in position drills. Teams' concerns with Jackson are not with his speed or quickness, they are with his size at just under 170 pounds. Jackson chose to stand on his times from the combine, but did do position drills at Cal's pro day on March 11th. By all accounts, Jackson was incredibly fast and quick in the drills he ran. NFL Hall of Famer and Sirius NFL Radio analyst Jerry Rice said that he is the fastest receiver he has ever seen. Jackson is a high character prospect with no off the field issues. He will work to become a good receiver in the NFL and has all of the tools needed to excel at the next level. A player that Jackson is similar to in style and stature would be Santana Moss.

Last Updated Apr-21-2008 by Dustin Claussen

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