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Chargers select...Vincent Jackson, WR, Northern Colorado
Vincent Jackson, WR+TE, Northern Colorado
Height: 6:04.6 Weight: 241
Overview: Built like a tight end, Jackson has the foot speed to match up with any cornerback at any level of football. His size makes him almost impossible to match up with in one-on-one situations and is always a threat to turn a play into a touchdown, either as a receiver or a return specialist. The gifted athlete also played on the school's basketball team the last two seasons. Jackson earned honorable mention All-State from the Rocky Mountain News as a senior at Widefield High School. He added first-team All-Conference and All-Area honors as he ranked third in the state (class 4A) in receptions (52) and also tallied 697 receiving yards with 13 touchdowns. Jackson was a reserve receiver as a true freshman in 2001 at Northern Colorado. He caught nine passes for 259 yards (28.8 average) and two scores. Jackson also scored twice on 17 punt returns for 306 yards (18.0 average) and gained 264 yards on eleven kickoff returns (24.0 average). He started one of 14 games in 2002, finishing fifth on the team with 22 catches for 445 yards (20.2 average) and three scores. Vincent also returned 27 punts for 256 yards (9.5 average) and fifteen kickoffs for 379 yards (25.3 average). In 2003, Jackson received national attention, earning All-American honors as he shattered school season-records with 1,462 yards and 21 touchdowns on 66 receptions. His 1,462 yards surpassed the previous mark of 1,044 yards by Cedric Tillman in 1988. His 21 scoring grabs topped the old mark of 11, shared by Dillan Micus (1998) and Keith Grable (1999). Vincent also returned 19 punts for 166 yards (8.7 average) and 13 kickoffs for 321 yards (24.7 average). His 1,949 all-purpose yards broke the school record of 1,531 by Adam Matthews in 2002. Jackson continued to assault the record books in 2004, again earning All-American honors while being named Great West Conference Offensive Player of the Year. He caught a school season-record 80 passes for 1,382 yards (17.3 average) and 11 touchdowns, topping the previous mark of 78 catches by Kim Boerema in 1985. He also gained 296 yards on 25 punt returns (11.8 average) and 274 yards on 13 kickoff returns (21.1 average). His 1,952 all-purpose yards broke his 2003 school season-record. Jackson rewrote most of the school's records during his 46-game career. He finished with 177 receptions for 3,548 yards (20.0 average) and 37 touchdowns, breaking the old marks of 168 catches by Kim Boerema (1982-85), 2,507 yards by Cedric Tillman (1986-89) and 20 scores by Keith Grable (1996-99). He returned 88 punts for a school record 1,024 yards (11.6 average) and two scores, topping the previous mark of 967 yards by Earnest Collins (1991-94). Returned 52 kickoffs for 1,238 yards (23.8 average). Only Johnny Watkines (1,262, 1981-84) gained more yards on kickoff returns for the Bears. Jackson amassed 5,810 all-purpose yards, shattering the previous UNC career-record of 4,104 yards by Adam Meadows (2000-03).
Analysis: Positives... Shows average initial quickness off the snap, but uses his hand strength to defeat the jam... Gets a good push off the defender to quickly get into his route... Needs a little polish in his running stride, but can be sudden getting into the short area... Has very good hand quickness, showing the ability to uncover and extend for the ball... Natural hands catcher who will pluck and snatch away from the body's frame... Maintains concentration going for the ball in a crowd... His outstanding ball adjustment skills and ability to track the deep ball make up for his lack of blazing speed... Has the lower body power to break tackles and keeps his balance while building up speed to accelerate and take the ball to the house... He also has the flexibility and cutting agility to get to the off-target throws... Is best when working on slants, as he has the power to turn the short area pass into a long gain... Shows good stick on post routes.
Negatives... Despite his size, he does not show aggression as a blocker and did not see him spend much time mirroring, shading and controlling defenders on contact... Has good plant-and-drive agility, but needs to do a better job of coming back for the ball... Must improve his route running, as he usually reverts to taking soft angle cuts... Gathers himself and gears down a bit when attempting to get in and out of his breaks... Decent returner at the level he played in, but must develop a quicker burst in order to be effective returning kicks in the pros.
Agility tests: 4.46 in the 40-yard dash... 2.57 20-yard dash... 1.56 10-yard dash... 39-inch vertical jump... 32 -inch arm length... 9 5/8-inch hands... 33 Wonderlic score.
High school: Attended Widefield (Colorado Springs, Colo.) High School, playing football for coach Paul Macrenato... Earned honorable mention All-State from the Rocky Mountain News and also earned first-team All-Conference and All-Area honors... Ranked third in the state (class 4A) in receptions (52) and also tallied 697 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns.
Personal: Business major, possessing a 3.2 grade point average... Son of Sherry and Terry Jackson... Born 1/14/83... Resides in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
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San Diego has had a monster draft.
If Castillo stays clean and remains as strong they are going to be a serious SB contender.
DE, DT, WR pretty much was just what the doctor ordered.
A grade on the draft day 1.