Seattle Seahawks 2014 Training Camp Profile: Jackson Jeffcoat
Oddly enough, Jackson Jeffcoat went undrafted in the 2014 NFL Draft and that led to a ton of questioning because Jeffcoat was seen by many as a Day 2 pick. By going undrafted, Jeffcoat received over 10 contracts from teams across the NFL because he was seen as a priority free agent. The Seattle Seahawks were able to sweep up the Texas product. With some added bulk, Jeffcoat could be a diamond in the rough. The rich got richer here with the addition of Jeffcoat.
The first thing that stands out with Jeffcoat are his bloodlines. Jackson’s father, Jeff, helped the Dallas Cowboys win multiple Super Bowls in the 90s. At 6-foot-3, 250 pounds, Jeffcoat is an undersized defensive end, but that’s where he excels. At the NFL Scouting Combine, Jeffcoat ran a 4.61 40-yard dash. He also had a 36-inch vertical jump showing off his explosiveness off the edge. Jeffcoat is a high-motor player who beats his opponents in open space with his excellent hand usage. Last season, Jeffcoat earned the Ted Hendricks Award, given to the nation’s top defensive end. Jeffcoat also won the Big-12 Defensive Player of the Year Award.
Defensive coordinator Dan Quinn is known around the league for moving guys around the defensive line. With Red Bryant and Chris Clemons leaving in free agency, there are openings for Jeffcoat to make an impact early in his rookie season. Cliff Avril is in the last year of his deal and Jeffcoat will have the chance to take some snaps away from him. Going undrafted could actually help Jeffcoat in the long haul. Jeffcoat lacks elite skills, but he is workaholic and he will do whatever it takes to help a football team.