California's Lawrence Jackson (96) sacks Nebraska's quarterback Sam Keller,
with USC's Clay Matthews, lower right, in the first half of their college
football game, in Lincoln, Neb., Saturday, Sept. 15, 2007.(AP Photo/Nati
40 Yrd Dash: 4.82
20 Yrd Dash: 2.79
10 Yrd Dash: 1.60
225 Lb. Bench Reps: 31
Vertical Jump: 31
Broad Jump: 09'00"
20 Yrd Shuttle: 4.40
3-Cone Drill: 7.08
(Data courtesy of NFLDraftScout.com)
Seattle's selection of Jackson was a bit of a surprise for me. Not because
he isn't a talented player, but his ideal position is where Patrick Kearney
plays and I doubt he will be able to go inside to play tackle so what
the Seahawks are saying is they don't believe that Darryl Tapp is the
answer on the weakside. We'll see. Jackson's size, strength and motor
make him an ideal "Ruskell guy", but the Seahawks could have
gotten him later. I would have preferred them to snag Devin Thomas or
Phillip Merling at this point, but Jackson is a solid pick...he just isn't
going to add much of an impact his first year or two with the team.
Doug Farrar: Jackson
was debited a bit by some because there were thoughts that he benefited
a bit too much from opposing offenses focusing on Sedrick Ellis, but Tim
Ruskell is looking at the math: Jackson started 51 of a possible 52 games
for what is essentially the NFL's 33rd team. If Ruskell reaches, it will
be later in the draft -- here is where he wants his draftees to be as
NFL-ready as possible. The concern is how he fits in Seattle's offense
-- is he the legitimate replacement for Patrick Kerney? Some will bemoan
this pick with Phillip Merling still on the board, but Jackson had 17
tackles for loss in his senior year, including 10.5 sacks. He was the
most consistent player during Senior Bowl practice week, but consistency
hasn't been his hallmark through his collegiate career. With Ruskell's
emphasis on players who produce in line from year to year, this is a bit
of a surprise. The upside is strong, but this isn't a sexy pick. What
it could mean is that the Seahawks are following the Giants' paradigm
of dominance by rotation among their defensive ends.
40 Yrd Dash: 4.88
20 Yrd Dash: 2.82
10 Yrd Dash: 1.63 225 Lb. Bench Reps: 20
Vertical Jump: 30 1/2
Broad Jump: 09'05"
20 Yrd Shuttle: 4.28
3-Cone Drill: 7.12
This was the biggest non-surprise of the draft for me. Carlson's
skills fit perfectly in Seattle's offense and the fact he's played against
some of the top competition in the country. The reason he fell was because
of his dropoff in production, but that was due to bad play from the quarterbacks.
He can block, he ran run and he's a very good receiver. He won't be a
huge threat down the field, but he'll be reliable when they call his number.
Under Jim Mora and with (if you believe some rumors) Gregg Knapp
running the Seattle offense post-2008, one can go back to the Seahawks'
most likely predecessor from a systemic perspective. Go back to the 2001
and 2002 San Francisco 49ers, teams whose offenses were coached by Knapp
and defenses by Mora. The tight end in those top-5 offenses was Eric Johnson,
a reliable player good for about 40 catches per season and a very solid
all-around game. Carlson projects very much like this -- a smart, tough
player with surprising athleticism and a thorough knowledge of what he'll
need to do at the next level. He may not amaze in the same way that Martellus
Bennett or Dustin Keller could down the road, but he's the best option
for the Seahawks now and in the future.