Knee Injury (2018) / Concussion (2019)
vs Boise State (2019) // vs Arkansas (2019) // vs Toledo (2019) // vs Wyoming (2019) // vs New Mexico (2019)
Warren Jackson is big, tall, and a good enough athlete to be successful at the next level. At the catch point, there are few better in this class as he uses his size and strength very well. He has decent long speed. Jackson is a willing blocker and can create some lanes against some smaller corners. Jackson has strong hands and is great in contested catches. Jackson showed a decent variety in his releases and does a great job at keeping hands off.
Warren Jackson is a subpar route runner that struggles in and out of breaks. He struggles to drop his hips at times and lacks sharp, one step breaks to be effective. Jackson needs more creativity at the top of routes. Jackson isn’t an elite athlete, and his burst and quickness are serious concerns. Jackson struggles to go down and get low passes at times. He needs to bulk up about 10 pounds to be strong enough to deal with NFL athletes. Jackson's route tree is limited, as the Colorado State offense was very simple. His knowledge of the position also seems a bit limited.
Jackson is a very raw receiver with a lot of upside and can grow into a more complete receiver. While Jackson is not a great route runner and can struggle to create seperation that way, his ability to avoid contact and get off the LoS against press coverage was good. He has good hands and the ability to just pluck the ball out of the air over a defender. He struggles with low passes, but everything else is easily catchable for him due to his frame and strong hands. He needs to add strength and weight, but his blocking and YAC ability are decent. Jackson is a 5th round or late Day 3 pick with potential.
Warren Jackson is a decent athlete with some build up speed. He lacks the acceleration and quickness to be an elite seperator but has the strength and leaping ability (plus his 6'6" frame) to play some bully-ball at the catch point. He has shown good balance for his size and is definitely a strider when running, which can hurt him on some of his breaks. He has some strength to his frame, and adding about 10 pounds should help him even more. Warren's athleticism is decent, especially for his size, but it isn't what seperates him.
Route Tree Variety
Big Play Ability
te tree was very limited in college and he lacks sharp breaks and tends to play tall in his routes. His hips don't drop very well, which causes him to struggle on sharper, multi-step breaks. Jackson needs to add more creativity and better footwork at the top of his routes and needs to stack his DB on deeper routes. His ability at the line of scrimmage surprised me. He showed really good strength and some really nice release variety against press coverage that makes me think he could become a better route runner.
High Points Ball
He has very good hands that catch almost everything that comes his way. He has superb body control while in the air and turns 50/50 balls into 75/25 balls. You will struggle to find anyone who high points the ball better then Jackson in this class. Jackson will struggle a little bit with low balls due to a lack of flexibility, but practice can fix that. Overall, Warren Jackson has very good ball skills.
Run After Catch
Jackson has a very tough mentality when going for the catch and is very tough through the catch point. He is a willing blocker and can be sticky at times, but his height can be a disadvantage at times. After the catch, Jackson will never be a YAC machine. But his long strides and strength can allow him to seperate from defenders in the open field, creating some touchdowns on goes. YAC will never be his game though.
Jackson has a nose for the ball and understands the back shoulder game very well, giving him a natural role as a red zone threat. He also shows an understanding of how to get free yards form DPI's, especially on jump balls. I don't think he has a ton of experience recognizing coverages, which could cause him to have a learning curve in the NFL. Jackson's versatility is limited due to his route running ability and lack of quickness, and he will probably be stuck on the outside in the NFL.