There never seems to be a shortage of big bodies to recruit at defensive tackle, but the ones who have the potential to be special pass rushers are few and far between.
That’s why Antwuan Jackson is such a highly recruited prospect with offers from all over the country. He could end up being an extremely disruptive player that can really push the pocket at the next level.
Jackson is extremely quick for his size. He moves like a much smaller player. He looks like he can compete at the college level right now with his body type and should weight comfortably over 300 pounds without losing much or any of the athleticism that makes him a great prospect. He doesn’t have the ideal long arms, but has good enough length to combat against most guards at the college level.
He has a great first step and flashes a very good punch. Consistency is his biggest problem with his hands. When he is fast with his hands like he almost always is with his first step, he is so difficult to block. He wins the leverage battle and can get off blocks so quickly. He can be a very disruptive presence inside.
When he doesn’t bring his hands, he exposes his chest to blockers and that his first step alone won’t allow him to win against many guards. He has to bring his hands more consistently and be violent with them. Do that and he can be dominant.
His lateral movement is outstanding for his size and it’s one of the things that makes him a great pass rusher. He beats slow footed players very easily with the way he moves. He does a nice job of attacking the edge of the man as a pass rusher and wraps better than most interior lineman. That natural lean he creates is going to help him finish with sacks where some others might only get on the board with a pressure. He still needs to develops better initial pass rush moves, but he has awesome tools to develop into a force as an interior rusher.
He’s a classic 3 technique in a 4-3, but could play as a 4 technique end in a 3-4 as well.
I love Jackson’s potential as a pass rusher and he already shows an ability to use his hands better than a lot of other players at the same stage of their development. He has the chance to be a very good 3 technique and a disruptive player that should start for multiple seasons at the next level.
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Jamie Uyeyama was a way too small defensive tackle at Idaho State University and a more appropriately sized rush end at Simon Fraser University. He was a coach at the college and high school level and is the son of Ron Uyeyama, a member of the Delta Sports Hall of Fame and high school football coach for over 30 years (hence the site name, Son of a Coach).