Each morning, from now until the draft starts on May 8, we’ll do a short profile of a player who’s on the Falcons’ Draft Board. We’ll focus on team-needs, possible selections, players the Falcons have worked out and/or interviewed, etc. With the Falcons owning 10 picks, we’ll start out by focusing on potential mid- and late-round picks and then move on to early-round picks. Today we’ll look at Texas defensive end/linebacker Jackson Jeffcoat.
Player: Jackson Jeffcoat
Position: Defensive end/linebacker
Height and weight: 6-3, 247
Combine numbers: 4.63 seconds in the 40-yard dash; 18 reps on the 225-pound bench press; 36-inch vertical; 10-3 broad jump and 6.97 in the three-cone drill.
Projected Round: He’s the ninth rated defensive end in the draft and projected to be selected in the third round by NFLDraftScout.com.
Career Highlights:Son of former Dallas Cowboys (1983-94) and Buffalo Bills (1995-97) defensive lineman Jim Jeffcoat. He was a four-year player for the Longhorns and played in 40 games, making 33 starts. He was a consensus All-American and the Ted Hendricks Award winner. He had 27.5 sacks and 60 tackles for losses over his career.
Quotes: “Not getting invited to the Senior Bowl has definitely added fuel to my fire. I used it as motivation. I worked my butt off and kept grinding. I can give you speed and I can surprise guys with some power. I have strength in my lower body and arms. I can get underneath a guy and use my leverage. I feel like I’m a guy that would be a positive influence in the locker room because I get along with guys well. So, there won’t be any problems with that or off-the-field problems.”
Falcons level on interest: The Falcons must improve their pass rush and scheduled a private workout with Jeffcoat. The Falcons added stoutness in free agency by signing hefty defensive tackle Paul Soliai and defensive end Tyson Jackson. Jeffcoat has shown a penchant for getting to the quarterback. Some were alarmed by his lack of strength at the combine, but the Falcons know that he had two offseason pectoral injuries in college and has functional strength.
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