Appalachian State’s ILB D’Marco Jackson is slowly becoming one of the more polarizing players in the NFL Draft, which means his performance at the NFL Scouting Combine could be a significant tipping point for his draft stock.
Jackson is a player who was in a previous mock draft, but his stock fluctuations took him out of the previous range, only to see his stock return to a much closer position to that original prediction.
The NFL Scouting Combine is a perfect opportunity to showcase how good of an NFL prospect Jackson will be for the team that drafts him. If he lands with the LA Rams, he could more easily transition from his college 3-4 defense to the LA Rams.
One of the most significant weaknesses in D’Marco Jackson’s game is a perception that Jackson lacks strength and pop, which are two traits that he can showcase at the NFL Scouting Combine.
A strong showing in the bench press and on-field workouts could be as crucial for Jackson as how he performs in team interviews.
An outstanding performance could result in him rising so high up draft boards that he goes beyond any of the LA Rams’ current draft picks, but that would not necessarily eliminate him from being a member of the LA Rams.
Most players do not rise from a potential seventh-round selection to a potential second-round selection in the pre-draft process, so Jackson is likely to be an option for the LA Rams regardless of how well he performs at the NFL Scouting Combine.
Still, Jackson has seen his stock rise and fall so much that his performance at the NFL Scouting Combine will be worth watching to understand him better.