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Redskins Combine Countdown: Florida State G Tre Jackson

Feb 10, 2015, 9:30 AM EDT

The NFL Combine gets underway in Indianapolis in just 9 days. I will be there and in between now and then I’ll be doing a lot of work getting up to speed on the draft class of 2015. Along the way I’ll be sharing some of what I find out with Real Redskins readers. The focus will be on players in areas of need for the Redskins but I might look at players at just about any position since Scot McCloughan has said that he will take the best player available regardless of need.

Tre Jackson
Florida State


Height: 6-4
Weight: 323

What they’re saying

In addition to possesses road-grader size and power, Jackson will surprise with his athleticism and quickness when asked to mirror rushers or get to the second level as a run blocker, and plays with solid instincts and awareness in both facets of the offense.

Derek Stephens, CBS Sports

Fleshy midsection with excess weight potentially affecting foot quickness. Loses feet sliding to pick up rushers. Will duck head into block on contact. Limited effectiveness in space. Inconsistent performer this season. Too reliant upon size over skill and failed to show improvement this season. Struggles to get feet into winning position when blocking laterally.

Lance Zierlein,

How he fits the Redskins: We may know the team’s level of interest in a player like Jackson sometime in the next few weeks. There has been plenty of speculation that they will let go of 32-year-old right guard Chris Chester at some point before free agency starts in order to save $4 million against the cap and get someone younger at the position.

If that happens—and that’s just speculation, not anything based on solid information at this point—it could mean that the team is going to hope that Spencer Long, a third-round draft pick last year, can grow into the right guard job. Or they might want to set up a competition between Long and a draft pick such as Jackson.

Jackson has the size that Scot McCloughan is looking for, although he perhaps is not as big as he was when the “fleshy midsection” comment above was made. During the season he was listed at 330 lb. He weighed in at 320 at the Senior Bowl. At 6-4, he probably has the frame to carry that much and be fairly solid. Terms like “road grader” and “power” also could get McCloughan’s attention.

Potential issues: Was his failure to show improvement in 2014 that Zierlein noted a matter of resting on his laurels after the team’s 2013 national title? Has he hit his ceiling? Does he put in the time in the weight room?

Bottom line: Whether or not Jackson is on the Redskins’ draft board could come down to whether or not McCloughan believes that he’ll keep his weight in check and continue to work to get better. The Redskins have had one mid-round lineman have issues with staying in shape and they don’t need another one. If he passes the interview process—and that will include coaches and staff at FSU as well as Jackson himself—he could get serious consideration when the second day of the draft rolls around.

Previously in Combine Countdown:

  1. kenlinkins - Feb 10, 2015 at 4:27 PM

    Rich: Can a NFL Team that has Cap Money left over from 2014 that must be spent in 2015 (or lose it) use it in a long term contract that is front end loaded? (i.e. $17 million carry over from 2014, 4 year deal for $20 million with a break out of year 1 $17 million and years 2/3/4 $1 million each). To do this would the team have to spend the total for 2015 first then the carry over? If teams are allowed to “Roll Out” money in contracts, why wouldn’t they be allowed to “Roll Forward”? The risk would be injury in year one and giving the player leverage in years 2/3/4 (i.e. not play hard) or do you think this would push Free Agents to ask for every dollar sitting under the Cap to sign with your team knowing your plan? I am trying to figure out the new CBA, it seems the teams had the upper hand in the first half of the CBA and how team might try and keep the upper hand in the 2nd half. How many teams were under the Cap in 2014 by more than $3 million?

    • Rich Tandler - Feb 10, 2015 at 4:31 PM

      You can stop with your first sentence. It’s not “use it or lose it” if you roll it over. There are minimum spend rules but the Redskins are in little danger of running afoul of those. But $ rolled over is not distinguishable from the rest of your cap room.

      Also, all but a handful of teams finished the season with over $3 million in cap space.

      > > >

      • kenlinkins - Feb 10, 2015 at 8:16 PM

        SO, if the Redskins didn’t Tag Orakpo and sign Hatcher in 2014, Cut Bowen, Cofield, Garcon, Porter, Chester and a few others in 2015, only sign their own draft picks a long with cheaper stop gap types, they would have had about $60 million above the standard Cap Scape number in 2016?

  2. pdxskin - Feb 10, 2015 at 4:34 PM

    Rich, I am really enjoying this “Combine Countdown” series, in large part because you are profiling many of the prospects that I have also targeted as possiblities for the Skins (from my “amateur GM” armchair)… a couple of suggestions for additional profiles in the coming days would be as follows:

    OG – Laken Tomlison
    RT – Erik Flowers
    RT – Lael Collins
    RT- Daryl Wiliams
    NT – Danny Shelton
    DE (3-4) – Arik Armestead
    CB – Jalen Collins
    LB – Benardrick McKinney
    LB – Alvin Bud Dupree
    LB – Lynden Trail
    TE – Jesse James

    • skinsgame - Feb 10, 2015 at 11:07 PM

      PDX from the old WaPo Insider blog?

      • pdxskin - Feb 11, 2015 at 2:27 AM

        The same….do we know each other? I quit reading the WaPo insider a while back, but I enjoy RealRedskins, and can’t help but comment on a draft prospect story!

        • bangkokben - Feb 11, 2015 at 10:32 AM

          Nobody likes to pay – especially to read blog wars. Archives

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