Scouting Report written by: Andrew Parsons
Jackson is an impressive athlete with a lot of versatility. He played both DT and DE at Tennessee. In the NFL, I think his role should be similar, as he really doesn’t fit as a full time player at either position. While he has some technique issues to clean up, his versatility and natural talent should make him a strong value pick.
Malik possess a very athletic build and is a very versatile player. Jackson has shown the ability to make strong first contact with the offensive lineman, extend his arms, and use violent hand and arm action to free himself from the block. He is relentless in pursuit, and has a knack for batting passes down at the line. Jackson has a good motor and is very rangy. Jackson has shown the ability to anchor and shed to make plays around the line of scrimmage in the run game.
Jackson’s issues come from inconsistent pad level. Too often he will get high off the snap, drop his head, and be unable to hold his ground at the point of attack. As a pass rusher he has not shown ability to run the arc or be flexible in changing directions, much more of a linear rusher.