Jackson Jeffcoat, Junior, Defensive End, Texas
On one of the best defenses in the nation, with a fearsome pass rush, Jackson Jeffcoat is a goliath of a man. With an impressive quickness and burst off the line, the junior end did not even register his first sack last year until the seventh game. He still ended up leading the Longhorns in sacks, finishing with 7.5. He also led the team in tackles for loss and will look to duplicate those numbers in this coming season. If Jeffcoat is able to take that next step for a highly recruited, superbly talented rush end, not only will his draft stock fly but Texas will be a terrifying defense to face.
Coming out of high school, some scouts claimed Jackson had the upside of a Julius Peppers. He certainly had the size and speed combination to warrant those claims. With only 21 games played under his belt, there is still tons of room for improvement but the Texas end has already shown he is capable of anchoring a defensive front. A lot will depend on what improvements he makes during his junior year but with rushing the quarterback at a premium, it is likely Jeffcoat could find his way into the first round as possibly one of the first defensive players off the board. Of course, Texas having a bounce back season overall could help this come to fruition.