2007 NFL Draft Player Reviews – DE Lawrence Jackson
Lawrence Jackson is everything NFL personnel people look for size (6’5, 265 lbs), speed (4.5/4.6) strength, leadership qualities and he has a tireless work ethic. Did I mention he is also productive?! Lo-Jack had 24 tackles for loss and 16 sacks entering the 2006 season.
But it all started in “The Wood”..Inglewood California. Jackson earned 2002 Super Prep All-American, Prep Star All-American, Student Sports All-American first team, Tom Lemming All-American, CNNSI.com All-American first team, The Insiders.com All-American first team, Super Prep Elite 50, Prep Star Top 100 Dream Team, The Sporting News Hot 100 honors (and countless others).
He had 142 tackles, with 11 sacks, plus 4 fumble recoveries and 2 interceptions in 2002 while playing defensive line and middle linebacker. As a junior in 2001, he made the Cal-Hi Sports All-State Underclass first team, All-CIF Division X first team, Los Angeles times All-Star first team, Los Angeles Times All-South Bay Lineman of the Year, South Bay Daily Breeze All-South Bay first team and All-Ocean League Defensive MVP. He had 134 tackles, including 22 sacks, plus 2 interceptions (1 returned for a TD), 7 forced fumbles, 3 fumble recoveries and 3 blocked kicks in 2001. Inglewood made it to the 2001 CIF Division X semifinals. During his 2000 sophomore season, Inglewood advanced to the CIF Division X finals. In his career, he had 57 sacks. He also was on Inglewood’s track team.
Jackson choose USC over UCLA, ASU and other Pac 10 schools in one of Pete Carroll’s famous recruiting classes. Jackson redshirted as a freshman defensive end in 2003, his first year at USC. He won USC’s Service Team Defensive Player of the Year award. After the season, he had arthroscopic surgery on his right ankle to remove debris.
In his RS Frosh year, Lo-Jack started at defensive end and did a commendable job. Overall in 2004 while appearing in all 13 games (he started all but BYU), he had 32 tackles, including 11 for losses of 41 yards (with 6 sacks for 31 yards), plus a deflection and an interception (against Arizona, which he returned 19 yards to set up a TD). He made the 2004 drafting services Collegefootballnews.com Freshman All-American first team, The Sporting News and Rivals.com Freshman All-American second teams and The Sporting News Freshman All-Pac-10 first team. He had 5 tackles against Oregon State (1.5 for losses) and Notre Dame (2 for losses) and 4 stops against Arizona State.
Lo-Jack’s sopmore year was his coming out party to the national media. Overall in 2005 while starting all 13 games, he had 46 tackles, including 13 for losses of 76 yards (with a team-best 10 sacks for minus 60 yards), plus 6 deflections, a team-best 2 fumble recoveries, a team-best 4 forced fumbles and a blocked PAT. He made the 2005 All-Pac-10 first team and he made the 2005 ESPN.com All-Pac-10 team. He won USC’s Defensive Lineman of the Year and Co-Player of the Game versus UCLA Awards. He had 4 tackles (including 2 sacks and a deflection) at Hawaii, 4 tackles each against Arkansas and Oregon, a team-high 7 tackles (including 2.5 for losses, with 1.5 sacks) at Arizona State, 2 stops and 2 deflections against Arizona, and 4 tackles (1 for a loss) at Notre Dame). He added 2 tackles (with a sack) and a deflection at Washington, then 3 tackles (1 for a loss), a forced fumble and a
fumble recovery on the same play that led to a USC TD and also a blocked PAT against Washington State. He had 3 stops (wi