Jackson Jeffcoat | Defensive end | Texas | 6'5, 250 pounds
First word: In his first year as a full-time starter in 2011, Texas defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat did well living up to the hype he had out of high school. He was a second-team All-Big 12 player after finishing the year with 71 tackles, 21 tackles for loss and eight sacks. As with many young players (Jackson is a junior this year), Jeffcoat got better as the season progressed. In his last seven game of 2011, Jeffcoat had 7.5 sacks and became a force against left tackles. Some are touting Jeffcoat as a top 10 pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. He's not quite there right now, but has the potential to go that high.
Games watched: Oklahoma, Kansas State, Texas A&M, California
• From a technique standpoint, it's an understatement to say Jeffcoat is advanced. His handwork is superb, he knows how to beat a tackle around the corner and comes out of a good stance.
• Like his end cohort Alex Okafor, Jeffcoat is versatile and athletic enough to be used in a variety of ways. Plays as a hand-down end and in a two-point stance. Has been asked to drop in coverage on occasion as well.
• When Jeffcoat is asked to rush the passer, his athleticism is evident. His first step is very good. Jeffcoat's short-area quickness often allows him to beat blockers initially, but he's fast enough to come wide around the edge.
• Against the run, Jeffcoat breaks down well in space and has the arm length to really engulf the ball carrier.
• Playing strength needs to improve. Jeffcoat doesn't bull rush especially well and he can get pushed around some. He'll be best if he can get up to 260-270 pounds.
• Was inconsistent in his play last season. As good as Jeffcoat was against Kansas State and California, he was bad and nonexistent against Texas A&M.
• Has an injury history worth noting. Sat out spring practices while receiving from a torn pectoral (though he did play with the injury). Missed four games as a freshman due to a high ankle sprain that slowed him most of the year.