6. Lawrence Jackson
Position: Defensive end
Draft Year: 2008
Pick: 28th (draft value: 660)
Lawrence Jackson was deemed a reach by many draft analysts when he was selected 28th overall in 2008 out of USC. Jackson worked his way into the first round with a monster senior season with the Trojans, but when he reached the pros, he couldn’t handle the more talented offensive linemen. In two seasons with the Seattle Seahawks, Jackson only managed 6.5 sacks. He was traded in 2008 and was out of football altogether in 2013.
By using their first round pick on Jackson, the Seahawks thought they were set at defensive end and didn’t draft Calais Campbell in the second round or Cliff Avril in the third round of the 2008 draft. At least the Seahawks managed to sign Avril to a free agent deal years later.
"In two seasons with the Seattle Seahawks, Jackson only managed 6.5 sacks."
Jackson started 51 of 52 games in college and was named to the Pac-10 First Team twice in his collegiate career. He and Philip Rivers are the only two players in NCAA football history to start 51 games for their teams. (Rivers started all four years for NC State.) He had 10.5 sacks and 17 tackles for loss in 2007. It’s easy to see why the Seahawks wanted him, but perhaps an off season in 2006 (only four sacks) for the Trojans, was indicative of his future NFL career. Another defensive line miss by Holmgren and his scouting staff.
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