The NFL’s supplemental draft gives many pro football diehards something to discuss in the dog days of summer. The July 11 draft features college players who forfeited their remaining time in the NCAA for a chance to go pro. There’s no guarantee that any of the six players will be drafted, but Central Florida DE Toby Jackson hopes to be one.
Jackson came out of Griffin High School (Ga) as one of the top prospects in the entire nation. He originally committed to Georgia but poor academic marks forced him to play a year at Georgia Military and another at Navarro JuCo in Texas. After a strong year in the JuCo ranks, Jackson regained many of the offers he had earned during his prep career.
However, instead of taking to his talents to the SEC, Jackson decided to follow his brother and enrolled at Central Florida.
His four-star status was never met at UCF. Jackson played in only nine games and registered just 14 tackles. The poor play on the field was matched in the classroom as Jackson became ineligible for his senior campaign. The news forced Jackson to enroll in this year’s supplemental draft.
Despite the classroom problems, Jackson provides key qualities for a NFL organization. He is still very raw and with proper coaching, there’s a chance he could become a beast in the NFL. At 6-foot-5, 270-pounds, Jackson has a perfect frame for the NFL’s grueling defensive line position.
Jackson’s film of his JuCo days show great instincts and an ability to use his hands and speed to get around the edge.
His ability to stay up to date with the playbook might hurt him, but Jackson possesses the necessary physical skills needed to compete at the next level. His best fit is a team that can take him in and let him learn under a veteran defensive end.