We continue Nick Whalen’s QB rankings with his #5 ranked player entering this year’s draft. Buffalo QB Tyree Jackson reminds Nick of a much more hyped smaller-school prospect from last year’s draft; Josh Allen. Allen was a good value in rookie drafts last year due to the dynasty community being low on him as a whole, but Jackson should come even cheaper as a player slightly more off the radar.
Draft Grade: Day 2 NFL Comp: Josh Allen
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Tyree Jackson is a huge QB at 6’7” 245 lbs with 35 inch arms and 10 inch hands. Unlike most tall quarterbacks, Tyree Jackson is a good athlete. He has long strides and can eat up yardage in a hurry. Jackson should run a 4.6 40 yard dash or faster at the combine.
Injuries can change people and Tyree Jackson is no different. During his redshirt sophomore season, Tyree suffered a knee injury which caused him to miss four games.
Prior to the injury, Jackson ran the football for at least 10 yards in 12 of his previous 14 games. However, after the injury he only accomplished this feat in 3 of 18 games. This is a drastic change in how he approached the position and it helped develop him as a passer. It’s difficult to remember another player changing their style of play this much in a short period of time.
Jackson has the largest variance of outcomes on a given play versus any other quarterback in this class. At his best, Tyree Jackson can deliver some of the best passes I’ve seen among his peers. This could be a designed deep ball with Jackson placing it beautifully on his receivers, most of the time this was Anthony Johnson, outside shoulder and away from the defender.
Jackson also throws a good back shoulder ball to his receivers. He shows off his big arm strength with extending the field, which the defense has to defend. Jackson has the athleticism to not only take off and run to make big plays, but also to buy time for his receivers.
He can roll out right or left and still deliver a strike down the field due to his arm strength. Will throw the football out of bounds on roll outs when he doesn’t see an open receiver. Makes correct reads on RPO plays and will spin the ball to his receiver.
However, the worst of Tyree Jackson shows a quarterback in need of lots of development. He tends to stare down his first read and takes longer than ideal to get his next receiver. He has difficulty anticipating when delivering passes, which forces some throws to be late or into tighter windows than necessary.
Along those same lines, his decision making is delayed at times and causes him to double clutch in the pocket. Inconsistent footwork with his stride length leads to inaccuracy with his passes. He needs to lead his receivers away from defenders more regularly and in positions to influence more yards after the reception.
The bad Tyree Jackson likes to make big plays, but he takes too many unnecessary shots down the field and even throws across his body. This leads to turnovers and putting his team behind the chains. Jackson needs to work on his ball security both in the pocket and when he decides to scramble. He has long arms and big hands, but the football is all over the place and vulnerable to being fumbled.
As mentioned previously, his favorite receiver is Anthony Johnson, who is talented in his own right. While Jackson made many big plays at Buffalo, it’s something to consider if Johnson made his quarterback look better and it provides a false reality.
Jackson is going to be a very polarizing player in discussions leading up to the draft. Do you believe his good plays or his bad plays? It’s easy to see an NFL team falling in love with his tools and trying to develop him into a more consistent passer. Size, arm strength, athleticism, and making big plays is coveted. But he is a player that needs at least a season to sit and learn for optimum success.