Jackson in 2014
|No. 66 Oakland Raiders|
|Date of birth:||July 12, 1991|
|Place of birth:||Liberty, Mississippi|
|Height:||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Weight:||335 lb (152 kg)|
|High school:||Liberty (MS) Amite Co.|
|NFL Draft:||2014 / Round: 3 / Pick: 81|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of 2015|
Gabriel C. Jackson (born July 12, 1991) is an American football guard for the Oakland Raiders of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Raiders in the third round of the 2014 NFL Draft. He played college football at Mississippi State.
A native of Liberty, Mississippi, Jackson attended Amite County High School, where he was coached by his father Charles Jackson and started both ways at tackle since his freshman season. Until after his junior year, he was teammates with offensive lineman James Brown and linebacker Damien Wilson. Following his senior season, Jackson was rated with the top 40 high school prospects in the state of Mississippi by the Jackson Clarion-Ledger.
Regarded as a three-star recruit by Rivals.com, Jackson was ranked as the No. 91 offensive tackle prospect in the class of 2009, which was headed by D. J. Fluker and Mason Walters. He drew limited interest from several SEC schools, as well as from Southern Miss, and eventually signed with Mississippi State.
After redshirting his initial year at Mississippi State, Jackson earned the starting spot at left guard, next to All-SEC left tackle Derek Sherrod, prior to the season opener against versus Memphis. On the season, Jackson posted 40 knockdown blocks and graded out at 80 percent or higher six times. In the Bulldogs’ 24–17 win over Kentucky, he graded out at 93 percent. With running back Vick Ballard, Mississippi State's rushing attack averaged 214.8 yards per game, second-highest in the Southeastern Conference and 16th in the country. In the 14–17 loss to Auburn, Jackson scored a touchdown after recovering Chris Relf's fumble in the end zone. After the season, Jackson was named to the SEC All-Freshman team.
In his sophomore year, Jackson started all 13 games at left guard, grading out a champion in five games and recorded a team-high 69 takedowns. In the 34–41 loss at Auburn, he notched a season-high nine knockdowns. As a blocker, Jackson helped the 2011 Bulldogs to reach the top 10 in school history for single-season marks in passing touchdowns, passing completions, total yards and first downs. The Bulldogs offensive line, which also featured James Carmon at left tackle, gave up the fifth-fewest sacks in the SEC. Jackson helped pave the way for running back Ballard, who finished fourth in the SEC in rushing. For the first time since 1914, Mississippi State scored 50-plus points twice in the same season.
As a junior, Jackson was a constant fixture at left guard, starting all 13 games and grading out as champion consistently in all but one game. The Bulldogs offensive line gave up the second-fewest sacks in the SEC (29th nationally), while Jackson did not personally give up a sack all season. In the SEC-opener against Auburn, he graded out at 91 percent with six pancake blocks, earning the SEC Offensive Player of the Week. In the nationally-televised 41–31 win again Tennessee, Jackson graded out a season-high 95 percent. After the season, he was earned First-Team All-SEC honors by the AP and Phil Steele and second-team honors by the SEC Coaches and ESPN.com. Jackson was also named to the Phil Steele and FoxSportsNext All-America Second Team, as well as earning honorable mention All-America honors from Sports Illustrated and Pro Football Weekly.
Jackson entered his senior season as one of the highest rated guards in the country, as he was named 2013 preseason All-American by Athlon Sports and Phil Steele, and the best offensive lineman in the SEC by the Birmingham News. After the Bulldogs' 62–7 win over Troy, Jackson was named as the SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week after recording five pancake blocks in helping MSU’s offense roll up 551 yards of offense. In Mississippi State's 26–59 loss against Louisiana State, Jackson held highly regarded defensive tackle Ego Ferguson to only three tackles.
As a senior in 2013, Jackson was a first-team All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) selection.
2014 NFL Draft
Jackson was regarded as one of the best interior offensive linemen for the 2014 NFL Draft. Jackson looked to become the highest Mississippi State offensive lineman selected in the NFL Draft since Derek Sherrod in 2011.
|Ht||Wt||Arm length||Hand size||40-yd dash||10-yd split||20-yd split||20-ss||3-cone||Vert||Broad||BP|
|6 ft 3 in||336 lb||33 3⁄4 in||10 in||5.51 s||4.78 s||8.25 s||29 in||9 ft 0 in||30 reps|
|All values from NFL Combine|
- Rivals.com offensive tackles 2009
- "Jackson 100-percent sure on State". Rivals.com. January 18, 2009.
- "Late Mississippi State drive falls short vs. Auburn". ESPN. September 9, 2010.
- "Gabe Jackson and Nickoe Whitley selected to SEC All-Freshman team". The SDN's Bulldog Blog. December 9, 2010.
- Mississippi State's Johnthan Banks, Gabe Jackson named first-team All-SEC
- "Best of the SEC 2013: Offensive guards (with video, poll)". Birmingham News. August 23, 2013.
- "Jackson named SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week". Inside Mississippi State. September 23, 2013.
- "Mississippi State's Jackson wins first Hull Trophy". Clarion-Ledger. November 27, 2013.
- "2013 All-SEC Football Team Announced". SEC Digital Network. December 10, 2013.
- "Mississippi State guard Gabe Jackson impresses scout". NFL.com. September 25, 2013.