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Amarri Jackson WR 65 202 South Florida

By: Robert Davis

Jackson began his college career at Hillsborough Community College, playing both basketball and football there. He transferred to USF, and had 22 catches for 242 yards in his first season in Tampa. As a junior last season, he hauled in 26 passes for 393 yards and three touchdowns. He caught 22 passes for 256 yards and two touchdowns, despite missing four games with a knee injury.

Jackson has a fantastic combination of size and athleticism. He has excellent height, and towers over most corners. The impressive part is that he combines that height with tremendous athleticism. He can go up and get the football over any defensive back, and makes the difficult catch look easy. Jackson also has very good quickness for a player his size, and can change direction and make plays with the ball in his hands.

As tall as Jackson is, he is terribly thin. His body will not allow him to go over the middle and take a hit consistently. He can make plays on the outside and down the field because of his height, but he will need to get stronger to play over the middle. He may also lack the straightline speed to get separation down the field in the NFL.

Jackson is an intriguing mid round option. He may lack true burner speed, but he has the quickness, athleticism, and height to be a playmaker in the NFL. If a team can be patient and teach him to be a more complete receiver, he could be a steal in a few years.


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