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Jackson Jeffcoat | Defensive End

Team: Texas Longhorns
Age / DOB:  (26) / 12/26/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 250

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The Texas Longhorns didn't have a drafted player for the first time since 1937.
The 'Horns owned the longest such streak in the country prior to this weekend. Between 2000-2013, for comparison, the school had 55 prospects drafted. Defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat, the Big 12's co-defensive player of the year in 2013 and the son of former NFL defensive end Jim Jeffcoat, probably had the best chance of being drafted, but his small frame (6-foot-3 and 247 pounds) and mediocre measureables sunk him. He signed with the Seahawks as a UDFA. Former Longhorns QB Garrett Gilbert was taken in the sixth round by the St. Louis Rams. Sun, May 11, 2014 03:45:00 PM

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Seahawks signed Texas DE Jackson Jeffcoat.

Jeffcoat (6-foot-3 1/8, 247) was a 33-game starter for the Longhorns, closing out his All-American senior year as the Big 12 DPOY and Ted Hendricks Award winner, given to college football's top defensive end. He racked up 27.5 career sacks, 60 tackles for loss (second most in school history) and three forced fumbles. At February's Combine, Jeffcoat ran 4.63 with an impressive 10-foot-3 broad jump and 36-inch vertical.
Sun, May 11, 2014 02:48:00 PM

Texas senior DE Jackson Jeffcoat clocked a 4.63 40-yard dash and logged a 36-inch vertical jump at the NFL Combine.

Jeffcoat, the reigning Big 12 defensive player of the year after leading the conference with 13 sacks, measured in at only 6-foot-3 and 247 pounds at the combine. Because of that, NFL Media draft analyst Mike Mayock believes he's too small to hold up at defensive end in the pros. The other bad news? "I don't think he can stand up and play outside linebacker," the analyst said, adding that Jeffcoat "needs to show more athletic ability than I saw on tape."
Mon, Feb 24, 2014 08:41:00 PM

Texas senior DE Jackson Jeffcoat posted three sacks in the school's 41-16 win over Texas Tech.

The Longhorns combined for nine sacks on the night. It was an impressive performance against an offense that likes to get the ball out quickly. Jeffcoat is one of the bigger edge rushing names, but we expect him to be a late second, early third day selection.
Fri, Nov 29, 2013 09:58:00 AM

Texas coach Mack Brown told the Tim Brando Show on Friday that Nick Saban is "not trying to get my job."

Saban's agent reportedly met with Texas regents to discuss the possibility of his client becoming Brown's successor. "Nick is a friend and he's done a tremendous job at Alabama," Brown said. "Nick's not trying to get my job, I mean, I know Nick. So I don't have to worry about that. And if I do my job, there won't be any job to be open to get, so I think that's the other thing." Texas has quietly won six straight games since fans were calling for Brown's head back in September.
Fri, Nov 15, 2013 07:54:00 PM

Texas senior DE Jackson Jeffcoat is a "technician with his hands," according to former NFL scout Daniel Jeremiah.

Jeremiah adds Jeffcoat "doesn't have elite quickness or power" and the senior defensive end is viewed as "a mid-round prospect by NFL scouts, but that could change if he keeps playing like he did against the Sooners." Jeffcoat displayed more burst before a major injury last season, and we question if he is a better pass rusher than former teammate Alex Okafor.
Tue, Oct 15, 2013 10:37:00 AM reports Texas has fired defensive coordinator Manny Diaz after the school's loss to BYU.

The Cougars blew Texas out, winning 40-21 on Saturday. Diaz appears to be the fall guy in this scenario, since the entire Longhorn coaching staff has under-performed for quite some time. Texas faces Ole Miss this weekend, and the Rebels have a stud receiver in Donte Moncrief. Greg Robinson, the former Michigan defensive coordinator, appears to have been named to the same role with the Longhorns.
Sun, Sep 8, 2013 04:31:00 PM

Texas coach Mack Brown said that senior DE Jackson Jeffcoat had a "great summer" and is in "great shape."

Brown added that Jeffcoat just needs to stay on the field. Jeffcoat, of course, suffered a torn right pectoral muscle against Oklahoma in October and missed the remainder of the 2012 season. Jim's son is rated as a Top-10 draft prospect entering the fall.
Wed, Jul 24, 2013 03:13:00 PM

The National Football Post's Justin VanFulpen considers Texas' Jackson Jeffcoat the top senior DE in the 2014 class.

"Jeffcoat suffered a pectoral injury against Oklahoma last season and had to undergo season-ending surgery, so the defensive end decided to return for his senior year," VanFulpen writes. "Has the NFL bloodlines, as father Jim played for the Dallas Cowboys. Before the injury, many thought Jeffcoat would declare early and be selected during the first round of last April’s draft." UNC's Kareem Martin, Florida's Dominique Easley, USC's Morgan Breslin, and Virginia Tech's James Gayle round out the top five.
Wed, Jun 12, 2013 11:36:00 AM

NFL Network's Bucky Brooks ranks Texas senior DE Jackson Jeffcoat as the No. 6 overall player heading into the 2013 season.

"A season-ending injury prevented Jeffcoat from exploring a jump to the pros in 2013, but the extra season in Austin could give him an opportunity to refine his skills as an explosive edge rusher," Brooks writes. "Additionally, Jeffcoat will get a chance to add a few pounds to a frame that is ready-made for the pro game."
Sun, May 5, 2013 01:18:00 PM

The Sideline View's Lance Zierlein references NFL scouts that told him Texas defensive coordinator Manny Diaz "is a fraud."

"He throws blitzes against wall to see what sticks. His blitzes aren't' designed to bust protection," the Scouts said. The Longhorns defense has certainly taken a step back this season, and a major part is due to the linebacker group since the front four and back four both have plenty of talent. "I've never ever seen linebacker play that bad from a a Texas defense for as long as I've been covering them," the Scouts said.
Thu, Oct 18, 2012 12:14:00 PM

Texas junior DE Jackson Jeffcoat will miss the remainder of the 2012 season after suffering a torn right pectoral muscle against Oklahoma on Saturday.

He will undergo surgery in the near future. Not only is this a big blow to the Longhorns, it is a big blow to Jeffcoat's NFL future and will likely put his decision to declare on hold. The junior is a true speed rusher with a great burst off of the snap but is rough with his technique when engaging blockers. We expect him to return for the 2013 season. He had registered 10.5 tackles for loss, including four sacks, through six games this season.
Sun, Oct 14, 2012 09:25:00 PM

NFL Network draft analyst Chad Reuter considers Texas junior Jackson Jeffcoat the top draft-eligible DE prospect heading into the season.

Reuter cites Jeffocat's NFL pedigree, length, explosive athleticism, and frame that is still filling out as reasons for naming him to the top spot. The 6'5/250 pound defensive end finished last season with 16.5 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks. LSU junior Sam Montgomery, SMU senior Margus Hunt, FSU junior Bjoern Werner, and UCLA senior Datone Jones round out the top five on Reuter's list.
Thu, Jul 12, 2012 10:51:00 AM

Texas junior DE Jackson Jeffcoat has yet to make it through a full season injury free.

As a freshman, Jeffcoat suffered a high-ankle sprain that lingered for the second half of the year. Then in 2011, Jeffcoat had a late season shoulder injury that hampered his assimilation in a new defensive scheme. Still, the Longhorn finished with 7.5 sacks and should clear that mark again while playing across from Alex Okafor.
Sun, Jul 1, 2012 10:43:00 AM