LB Justin Jackson (Wake Forest) - Undrafted free agent
The Detroit Lions added a linebacker in the draft by taking BYU's Kyle Van Noy in the second round, and they later added another linebacker by signing undrafted free agent Justin Jackson, who played at Wake Forest.
Height: 6-foot-0 | Weight: 232 pounds
2010: 1 tackle
2011: 59 tackles, 6.5 TFL, 1.0 sack, 2 PD, 3 FF
2012: 81 tackles, 8.5 TFL, 4.0 sacks, 2 PD
2013: 56 tackles, 5.5 TFL, 2.0 sacks, 2 PD
At Wake Forest, Jackson redshirted as a true freshman in 2009 and tore his ACL in his first and only game of the 2010 season.
What the experts are saying
Justin Jackson is an athletic outside linebacker who had a very productive final three seasons at Wake Forest. The outside linebacker finished his Wake Forest career with 196 total tackles, 20.5 tackles for loss, and 7 sacks. At his pro day he had impressive combine numbers including 27 bench press reps of 225 pounds, a 39 inch vertical jump, and a 10' 9" broad jump. He did not run the 40 yard dash due to a hamstring injury.
(via Draft Breakdown)
- Jackson vs. Mississippi State (2011)
- Jackson vs. North Carolina (2011)
- Jackson vs. Notre Dame (2011)
Outlook for 2014
The Lions have a number of linebackers who can contribute on special teams, and that's really going to be Jackson's path to making the 53-man roster. He needs to impress on special teams this summer and show some potential as a linebacker as well to actually make the team. If that doesn't happen, he should at least get a look for the practice squad.
Previous scouting reports
Draft picks: TE Eric Ebron, OLB Kyle Van Noy, C Travis Swanson, CB Nevin Lawson, DE Larry Webster, DT Caraun Reid, WR TJ Jones, K Nate Freese
UDFAs: QB James Franklin, FB Chad Abram, WR Andrew Peacock, TE Jacob Maxwell, OT Cornelius Lucas, OG D.J. Morrell, OG Alex Bullard, OG A.J. Dalton, DE Kalonji Kashama, DT Greg Hickman