The Oakland Raiders continue to lock down members of their 2014 NFL Draft class. The latest is third round pick Gabe Jackson, who inked a four-year deal. Jackson has a chance to come in and compete for a starting position at left guard along with free agent signing Kevin Boothe.
General manager Reggie McKenzie has put a huge priority on the offensive line this offseason and Jackson is the latest addition. Jackson is a crucial part of the Raiders draft. He has the talent and ability to be a starter from day one. The 6-3, 336 pound guard has outstanding size and power to go along with long arms. Jackson bench pressed 225 pounds, 30 times at the 2014 NFL Combine. He adds more girth to the Raiders up front which gives them a massive offensive line for 2014.
Jackson is known as a road-grader, capable of moving defenders off the ball in the run game. He had an outstanding career at Mississippi State, starting every game for all four seasons. He made 52 starts all at left guard. He was a captain twice in college and did not allow a sack in his last two seasons against top notch SEC talent. Jackson's accolades and ability make him one of the most interesting picks of the Raiders' draft.
Oakland will have plenty of options and depth along the offensive line in 2014. Projected from left to right, Oakland can go Donald Penn, Gabe Jackson, Stefen Wisniewski, Austin Howard, and Menelik Watson. They also have depth options in Kevin Boothe, Khalif Barnes, and Matt McCants.
With Jackson's deal completed, the Raiders have signed all of their 2014 NFL Draft choices. The team also came to terms with three free agents to compete in OTAs and training camp. Oakland continues to build depth and competition at wide receiver bringing in David Gilreath and Rahsaan Vaughn. They also signed kicker/punter Michael Palardy to help as a camp leg.
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