Name: John Jackson Jr
School: Southern Oregon
Position: DT/DE
Height: 6’2″
Weight: 280

Q: What goals did you accomplish heading into your final collegiate season?

My first goal going into my senior season was to be as disruptive as humanly possible. I also wanted to lead by example as much as possible for the D-lineman younger than me. Another goal I set for myself was that I wanted to show off my motor because that is something that I worked pretty hard on in the offseason. Lastly, a goal that I had was to take my game to the next level by working with Carlton Hall (old Dline coach @ Houston and Harvard), by improving my hand placement and explosion at the snap.

Q: What would your coaches say about the type of player you are?

My coaches would say I am passionate, hard working, and an extremely disruptive player in between the lines.

Q: When you are studying film, what do you focus on to improve your game?

I focus on the small things that offensive lineman do. I watch the stripes on their helmets (if there are any) to tell if they’re eyeing down where they are going. I look to see how the the Center comes over to help his guard. I also watch to see if the lineman is a low hand/high hand type guy, so I can prepare and have a game plan on which moves to use.

Q: What separates you from the other players at your position?

My football IQ and the ability to recognize what is going on and adjust with quickness.

Q: How will you train and prepare this offseason for the draft or other pro opportunities?

I am currently training up until the all-star games with world renowned Olympic trainer, John Opher, in Buffalo, NY and will return after the games for pro day training.

Q: What kind of strengths and abilities will you bring to a team that will stand out both on and off the field?

The fact that I show up with a workman’s mentality day in and day out. There is not a time where I’m not looking to get better or trying to perfect my craft, be it in the weight room, on the field, or in the film room.

Q: What is your final pitch or sell to NFL and other pro league scouts?

I am a physical, disruptive, and quick defensive tackle who has a nose for the ball and the effort to get me to the ball no matter where it is going. I am not perfect and have made mistakes in the past, but I am constantly growing to not only become a better football player, but overall a better man.