Wide Receiver - Apalachian State
Combine Height: 5-9
Combine Weight: 185
Combine 40 Time: 4.37
Only 30 catches as a senior, but averaged almost 23 yards per grab and scored eight touchdowns.
The ultra-speedy Jackson has plenty of burst—witness how he burst onto the scene leading Appalachian State over Michigan in The Big House. Jackson continued to flash skills throughout the postseason all-star games, then rang the bell at the Combine with a 4.37 40 time. His speed and open-field skills make him a coveted commodity in the return game; they would also fit extremely well into a West Coast offense that put the ball in his hands on slants and let him pile up yards after the catch.
There’s a large cache of small, speedy wideouts looking for a home in this year’s draft, and while Dexter doesn’t sit atop that list his return skills should ensure he’s off the board before the draft signs off on Saturday. The Eagles, Bucs, and Titans remain in the market for his skill set, with the 49ers and Colts also among the interested parties.
Wolverine fans know the folly of writing off someone of Jackson’s ilk, but it’s difficult to see him contributing much more than some electrifying returns and maybe a couple home run balls during the early portion of his NFL career. Look at it this way: where would you take Devin Hester? Jackson isn’t the return man Hester is, and odds are he’ll be used in a similar fashion offensively. Thus, if Hester is an afterthought in your redraft league, Jackson is… well, whatever comes after an afterthought. Dynasty leaguers with a roster spot for a developmental receiver could stash Jackson and hope his speed and elusiveness eventually carve out a place in the NFL, but there are a ton of guys like that in this year’s draft and you don’t need to move early to secure one.