Is Tyson Jackson the most talented defensive rookie in the draft? You gotta love when a team takes a first round draft pick, fills a need and gets on of the most talented prospects in the process. That’s exactly what the Kansas City Chiefs did this year when they selected defensive end Tyson Jackson as the 3rd overall pick out of LSU. Tyson has a great frame for a defensive end standing 6’5” and weighing 292lbs. He has great speed, running the 40-yard-dash at 4.84. However, his game time speed seems even faster as he continually gets an incredibly quick jump off the ball.
Jackson finds himself in a situation in Kansas City where nobody knows quite what to expect. The team is completely revamped from first year coach Todd Haley, to QB Matt Cassell and on down the line. Haley brought with him long time assistant coach Clancy Pendergast from Arizona and it remains to be seen what kind of schemes he will be running and how Jackson will fit into the picture. However, his long wing span and versatility make give him the ability to fit into either a 3-4 or 4-3 base with the ability to move to tackle if necessary.
Jackson will find himself teamed back up with LSU great Glenn Dorsey who was brought in to replace pro bowler Jared Allen after his trade to the Vikings. There is definitely a learning curve that goes into the jump from college to the NFL but it is definitely made easier when you have a friend, especially one as talented as Allen, playing the same position.
At one point, after an amazing sophomore season, Jackson was considered one of the top defensive picks of the draft. However, after a disappointing junior year, Jackson decided to return to LSU and finish out his career. Jackson’s stats are less than impressive for a 3rd overall pick. However, one must look at the multitude of talented players on the LSU squad who were making plays all over the field. Once Glenn Dorsey was out of the picture, most teams schemed to double team Jackson. This was definitely frustrating and greatly diminished his sack and tackle numbers. Jackson definitely won’t face any double teams in the NFL. Look for his speed, versatility and athleticism to make any immediate impact on a truly rebuilt Chiefs team. If Cassell and Haley can live up to the hype, Kansas City is going to be a team to be reckoned with in the very near future.
The Tyson Jackson Rookie Card fits the bill as a good short and long term investment. He has the potential to be a long term beast in the NFL and overall defensive linemen do well as rookie card investments. If he makes a splash early this could be a card worth watching.