Jackson Jeffcoat (DE), Texas
6’3” | 247 lbs.
82 tackles, 19 TFL, 13 sacks, 2 FF, INT
What scouts are saying:
"Good body length. Flashes some quickness and shock in his hands to swat and control blockers. Football smart. Solid instincts and overall sack production. Has NFL pedigree." (Nolan Nawrocki, NFL.com)
"Looks the part with a solidly-built frame. Strong and forceful hands to attack, beat and fight through blocks. Works off contact well to stay controlled and be a force behind the line of scrimmage. Quick feet and lateral agility to sidestep blocks and close quickly. Makes plays all over the field with his chase speed and relentless pursuit. Nice job in space to stay disciplined with his eyes and won?t miss many tackles vs. the run. Top-notch motor and gives top effort, giving consistent hustle through the whistle. Strong competitor and works hard to finish. Versatile experience on the line and as a spy linebacker, lining up in both two and three point stance." (Dane Brugler, CBSSports.com)
"With the technical ability that Jeffcoat developed through his work with his father in high school and former defensive ends coach Oscar Giles at Texas and the strong speed and agility testing, Jeffcoat should come off the board in the second round, as projected by CBS. He's ranked as the No. 6 defensive end." (Burnt Orange Nation)
"I think a team that runs a multiple defense could use Jeffcoat who has the experience as a LB and DE. Jeffcoat is a smooth mover and his speed is great for his size. He ran a 4.63 at the combine with an impressive 6.93 3-cone which indicates his change of direction skill set. That's consistent with what we see on film. He needs a lot of work setting the edge and just getting stronger." (Big Blue View)
Fit for Bears:
The Bears have already added defensive ends Jared Allen, Lamarr Houston, Willie Young and Israel Idonije during the offseason. But with a defensive line that struggled immensely in 2013, general manager Phil Emery could still use a high draft pick on an impact end. Jeffcoat filled up the stat sheet during his senior season at Texas, compiling 13 sacks and a gaudy 82 tackles, and should provide an impact at the next level as a pure pass-rusher.