Chris Trapasso (CBS Sports.com) — Austin Jackson is a 6-foot-6, 310-pound junior with feet that let him float in pass protection and long limbs to control edge rushers as they try to turn the corner. He’s basically a dream specimen for any NFL offensive line coach. However, his film shows a lack of strength at the point of attack, something that’s not unusual for a younger prospect with a frame to add 10-15 pounds to it.
In the Holiday Bowl, Jackson will likely see plenty of Iowa’s A.J. Epenesa, a 6-6, 280-pound behemoth (and probable first-round pick) on the outside who brings it on every snap with overwhelming power. And his toolbox of pass-rushing moves is full. So when he’s not attempting to bull rush Jackson back into Trojans quarterback Kedon Slovis, he’ll likely be countering with a swim or swipe move.
Because of his noticeable athletic gifts and length, Jackson is a hot name in the scouting community right now as someone primed to ascend boards during the pre-draft process. He can get a huge jump on doing so by “winning” his matchup against Epenesa, which essentially means not letting the junior with nine sacks, 12 tackles for loss and three fumbles on the season wreck the game.
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