Scouting Report: Joe Jackson, DE, Miami

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Homestead, FL | 6052 | 258 | 4.67E | 2020

Limber and agile, with the ability to dip under opposing offensive tackles and glide low to the ground—he contorts his body in a similar manner to how a Harley-Davidson rides the ground around a sharp turn. Shows excellent closing speed in pursuit and sheds blockers well—head is constantly on the swivel looking for somebody to hit. Had one of the most remarkable freshman seasons in school history, recording eight and half sacks, despite starting just two games all year, including their bowl game finale where he came up with four tackles and a sack in a big victory under first-year head coach Mark Richt. Overall game is still raw; needs to further develop his technique. Would like to see him do a better job of wrapping up the ball carrier, rather than using his shoulder and diving at runners. Working on becoming more consistent, as he continues to learn the ‘Canes defense, according to defensive coordinator Manny Diaz. “The way the game is today, you have to earn the right to rush the passer. You do that by being where you’re supposed to be to stop the run on first and second down. You’ve got to be aware what types of blocks are coming. Sometimes that takes at-bats for Joe.”


2017: Started season opener against Bethune-Cookman (Sept. 2) and finished with three tackles (one solo)…Credited with one PBU in win over Wildcats…Started and finished with career-high seven tackles (all solo) in win over Toledo (Sept. 23)…Recorded first sack of season (three yards) and finished with 2.0 TFLs (four yards) in start at Duke (Sept. 29)…Started and had four tackles (two solo) and one solo sack (one yard) in win at Florida State (Oct. 7)…Finished with two tackles (one solo) in win over Georgia Tech (Oct. 14)…Started and had five tackles (four solo) and 1.0 TFL (two yards) in win over Syracuse (Oct. 21).

Delivered dominant freshman season, seeing action in all 13 games with two starts…Led team in tackles for loss (11.5) and sacks (8.5)…Totaled 32 tackles (17 solo)…Totaled two fumble recoveries and two forced fumbles.

High School: Four-star prospect by ESPN, Rivals and 247Sports … Totaled 46 tackles, six sacks and four forced fumbles in final season…Had 59 tackles and four sacks junior year…Finished his career with 178 total tackles, 19 sacks and eight forced fumbles…Also competed in basketball and track at Gulliver Prep…Chose Miami over offers from Alabama, Clemson, Florida State and Ohio State, among others.


Author: Rick Serritella

Established in 2002, NFL Draft Bible Founder Ric Serritella began his independent scouting service as a publication used by all 32 NFL teams. Eventually, it would evolve into an online scouting resource that reaches millions of people each month. An early adaptor to technology, the NFL Draft Bible produced the first ever livestream video show and live podcast on location from the NFL Draft. The NFL Draft Bible network extends to professional football leagues all over the world and includes general managers, executives, scouts, coaches, agents, trainers, advisors, along with other media outlets and draftniks. In addition to owning the NFL Draft Bible, Serritella has also served as executive producer of the T.Ocho Show (2010) on NBC Sports, producer for The Mike & The Mad Dog Show (2002) on YES Network, producer for NFL Now with Mike Francesa, one of the only nationally syndicated NFL shows at that time (2003), producer on ESPN Hollywoood (2005) and helped start up the Wall Street Journal YouTube channel (2007). He has interviewed the likes of Donald Trump, Roger Goodell, Archie Manning, Shaquille O'Neal, Allen Iverson, Danica Patrick, Venus Williams, Howard Stern, Don King, Jay-Z, Madonna, Bon Jovi and hundreds of other celebrities/athletes. Other involvements include helping build the fiber-optic system for MLB Network during his time as manager at HTN Communications, writing for USA TODAY, working for CBS and AEG Live. Since 2015, he has served as the Director of Media for the Parabolic Performance NFL Draft Prep program. In 2017, Serritella served as the Director of Player Personnel for the College Gridiron Showcase & Symposium. A graduate of Johnson & Wales University (JWU) in Providence, RI, Serritella earned a B.A. in Sports Entertainment & Event Management and was honored with the Inaugural Sports Entertainment & Event Management Success Board Achievement Award by the school in 2009. While attending JWU, he interned for the New England Patriots and ESPN X-Games. A proud member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America, Serritella currently resides in his home state of New Jersey.

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