Has The Combine Claimed Its First Victim?

deseanjackson.jpgQuestion:  When is size important?  Answer:  When having your height and weight checked at the NFL Scouting Combine.

University of California wide receiver, DeSean Jackson, figured to enter the April draft as a mid to early first round pick.  However, he measured in at the Combine today at 5’9″, 169 lbs.  The reason that is significant is that Jackson had been listed during his collegiate career at 6’0″, 172 lbs.

That’s a full three inches in height that NFL general managers will have to mull over before making him their choice in the draft.  The question might not be if this impacts Jackson’s draft stock but how much.  (Source: Draft Headquarters)

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  • http://insidetheiggles.com/ Ian – Inside the Iggles

    Well it may hurt his draft stock, but I wouldn’t count him out as a pro yet. There is a receiver on the Panthers that is not very big, but is one of the best in the NFL. I believe this receiver is also only 5’9".

  • John White

    I won’t count the guy out at all.  He reminded me in college of Steve Smith a lot.  But you know how NFL GM’s are.  They like to think they know best and they always want to look for the next big, physical receiver.  He might fall but some team will be happy to get him.

  • Mike Houston

    DeSean Jackson won’t fall too far. He’s still a good returner, and has better hands than Ted Ginn Jr.( 9th overall pick). The kid also runs a 4.2 40

  • John White

    My guess…he falls as far as 20.  I doubt it’s a lot farther.

  • http://justblogbaby.com Chris

    I watched every game of his career, and with Cal just down the block, I read plenty about him in the local papers.  He’s one hell of a receiver and playmaker, but he thinks he’s something he’s not.  He wants so badly to be a Terrell Owens, when he’s got to accept that he’ll never be a big guy.   He needs to put on a LOT of muscle to compete inside, because that’s the only place he can play in the pro’s.  It’s going to be disapointing to see him drop into 3rd or 4th round all because he never could bring himself to admit where to use his talents the best, instead forced coaches to play him only at the wideout spot, and never in the slot.  Only reason he came to Cal was to be a #1 receiver; he was a top 5 high school senior, but USC and others wanted to use him in different ways, and he just wanted to play in a pro style offense that would feature him.   Jackson will never have the muscle that other receivers in the NFL at his height have (i.e. Steve Smith, Laverneus Coles, Santana Moss).  So with that, it’ll be a long road for Jackson’s NFL receiving career, if any at all.  And anyone thinking his 169lbs body can handle a 250lbs linebacker running at his helpless ass waiting for a hanging punt is crazy, because he won’t last a second.  Maybe as a kickoff returner for a season or two, but injury (which he’s prone to) will probably limit the length of his career. 

    • http://n/a Chase

      Ouch. He’s one of the best in the league as of right now. DOH!

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  • John White

    You may have a point about Jackson in that he is a small WR.  That could hold him back at the next level.  But if he can add some bulk, maybe play at about 180 or better, he might be okay.  I just hope he’s not another Tedd Ginn, Jr., for his sake.

  • Russell Huth

    I think Jackson should be looked at as returner and 3rd down receiver.  It is hard to visualize him being taken before high round 2.

  • John White

    It’s beginning to look like that could happen but somehow I still think a team will gamble on him in the second half of the first round.