The Rams got their man in the first round of this years draft. Carriker will come in and be an iunstant starter most likely and he will help out on an improving defense.
Sunday, April 29, 2007
Rams Select Jackson in 7th Round With back-to-back picks to close out the Rams draft, the Rams took Keith Jackson with the 248th overall selection. The Rams wanted a nosetackle, but I still think Jackson will be another member that will struggle to make the opening day roster and may see a lot of time on the practice squad. He's undersized, so that's not going to help him out too much.
Bio from NFL.com
Keith Jackson Height: 6-0 Weight: 305 Position: Defensive Tackle/Nose Tackle College: Arkansas
OVERVIEW During his final two seasons at Arkansas, Jackson made a name for himself as a physical run stuffer in the middle of the line. If his name sounds familiar to old-time football fans, his father, Keith Jackson, Sr., was a two-time All-American tight end at Oklahoma and was a six-time NFL Pro Bowl selection for the Philadelphia Eagles and the Green Bay Packers. Jackson, Sr., is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame and also serves as a radio color commentator on the Arkansas Razorback Sports Network for football games. Jackson, Jr., was rated the fifth-best overall player in Arkansas by Rivals.com as a senior at McClellan High School. He was a member of the Associated Press Arkansas Super Team as a senior. As a junior nose guard, he made 126 tackles (50 solos) while recording 4½ sacks and three fumble recoveries. As a junior fullback he rushed for 880 yards and 13 touchdowns. As a senior, Jackson had 80 tackles (eight for loss) and eight sacks. He was a member of the PrepStar All-Region VI Team and earned All-Southwest honors from Tom Lemming's Prep Football Report. He was given a 3.5 star rating by Forrest Davis. Jackson enrolled at Arkansas in 2003, turning down scholarship offers from Oklahoma State and Louisiana Tech. He earned playing time in eight games as a reserve defensive tackle in 2003, posting 12 tackles (four solos) with a fumble recovery and a forced fumble. He continued to see reserve action on the defensive line in 2004, earning his first career start against Louisiana-Monroe. He finished his second season with 26 tackles (18 solos), two sacks, 4½ stops for losses and a forced fumble. Jackson took over right defensive tackle duties in 2005 and was the only down lineman to start every game. He registered 74 tackles (44 solos) with 2½ sacks, 6½ stops behind the line of scrimmage and six quarterback pressures. He recovered three fumbles and caused another while also batting away a pass. As a senior, he earned All-Southeastern Conference first-team honors from the Associated Press. He ranked fourth on the team, recording 79 tackles (43 solos) with 2½ sacks and 7½ stops for losses from his right tackle position. In 14 games, he added 16 pressures, a forced fumble and three pass break-ups. He also intercepted two passes, returning one for a touchdown. In 44 games at Arkansas, Jackson started 28 contests. He collected 191 tackles (109 solos) with seven sacks for minus-65 yards, 18½ stops for losses of 87 yards and 23 quarterback pressures. He caused and recovered four fumbles, knocked down four passes and had two interceptions for 69 yards in returns, including a touchdown. ANALYSIS Positives: Has a squat, yet thick frame with a thick chest, broad shoulders, wide waist and hips, built in the lines of a nose guard … High energy type who is very effective at splitting double teams and plugging the inside rush lanes … Does an adequate job of shedding blocks and moving down the line to make plays in pursuit … Lacks great timed speed, but is effective at moving to the ball in the short area … Has made steady strides in improving his work ethic and showed the last two years that he will give full effort during the game … Has a decent feel for blocks and locating the ball in a crowd … Does a much better job firing off the pass than he does in stringing out run plays … Will generally put himself in position to make the tackle … Has the strength for two-gap activity and uses his hands well to shed … when he keeps his pad level down, he has success getting underneath the blockers to penetrate and make plays in the backfield … Has the strong anchor to hold ground against plays directed at him … Takes good angles and shows the lateral range needed in pursuit … More of a drag down, wrap-up tackler, but can generate some explosion behind his hits … Needs to use his hands better to gain separation, but utilizes them well to defeat single blocks … Has the short-area burst to gain advantage and can drive the blocker back into the pocket when he stays low and fires off the snap with his head up. Negatives: Even with his strong anchor, he can be pushed off the ball, especially when he gets too tall in his stance … Marginal pass rusher, as he is more apt to pressure the pocket than seal the deal (lacks awareness in the backfield) … Also lacks an array of moves to counter when attempting to penetrate … Active with his hands, but tends to get so involved with over-powering the blocker, he forgets about attacking the ball … When bull rushing, his arms get outside the frame, leaving his chest exposed to combo blocks … Needs to play with his head up (when he gets his head down, he struggles to recognize blocking schemes) … Has improved his work ethic, but will still get a bit lazy at times and needs monitoring. Compares To: Anthony McFarland, Indianapolis Colts … Like McFarland, when Jackson's head is into the game, he can be a disruptive force on the line … He has that low center of gravity and short area burst to get underneath the blockers, but needs to use his hands better in attempts to shed. He does well with two-gap assignments, but even though he plays with a high motor, he is better served in a sub package than as an every down lineman. INJURY REPORT 2007: Could not complete the agility tests at the Combine due to a right groin pull. AGILITY TESTS Campus: 4.85 in the 40-yard dash … 440-pound bench press … 605-pound squat … 300-pound power clean … 31-inch vertical jump … 8-foot-8 broad jump. Combine: 5.06 in the 40-yard dash … 1.72 10-yard dash … 2.95 20-yard dash … 4.56 20-yard shuttle … 7.65 three-cone drill … 30-inch vertical jump … Bench pressed 225 pounds 33 times. HIGH SCHOOL Attended McClellan (Little Rock, Ark.) High School, playing football for head coach Anthony Chambers … Rated the fifth-best overall player in Arkansas by Rivals.com as a senior … Member of the Associated Press Arkansas Super Team as a senior … As a junior nose guard, he made 126 tackles (50 solos) while recording 4½ sacks and three fumble recoveries … As a junior fullback he rushed for 880 yards and 13 touchdowns … As a senior, Jackson had 80 tackles (eight for loss) and eight sacks … Member of the PrepStar All-Region VI Team and earned All-Southwest honors from Tom Lemming's Prep Football Report … Given a 3.5 star rating by Forrest Davis. PERSONAL Sociology major, enrolled in the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences … Son of Valerie and Ronald Williams, and Keith Jackson, Sr. … Father was a two-time All-American tight end at Oklahoma and was a six-time NFL Pro Bowl selection for the Philadelphia Eagles and the Green Bay Packers … Keith Jackson, Sr., is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame and also serves as a radio color commentator on the Arkansas Razorback Sports Network for football games … Born Feb. 25, 1985 … Resides in Little Rock, Ark.