Posted: 10:32 am Thursday, May 8th, 2014

Draft update: Will Jackson 

By Ken Sugiura

Will Jackson deserves credit for this much – he has wrung out the value of his scholarship. The former Georgia Tech guard stayed at Tech for five full years, earning a management degree and getting two semesters into an MBA. He played 48 games, starting 42, landed an investment banking internship that earned him a job offer and pulled down the grades that helped him obtain a postgraduate scholarships from the ACC and membership in a National Football Foundation honor society.

And he may get a chance to play in the NFL. Jackson said that his agent has heard from 12 or 13 teams who indicated their interest in him. Houston, Jacksonville, Miami, St. Louis, Chicago, Arizona and the Falcons are among teams that Jackson said have contacted his agent, John Hernandez.

At 6-foot-3 and 304 pounds, Jackson projects as an interior lineman. While he didn’t play center, he has been working on snapping to make himself a more viable candidate for the position. Jackson’s chance would likely come as an undrafted free agent.

“At this point, I’ve got a pretty solid body of work to go off of,” he said. “It’s just a matter of one of the 32 teams liking me enough to give me an opportunity to play.”

7 comments
forexbomb
forexbomb

Outstanding Blog Jacket Man...  Our recruiters should use this every time they talk to a high school kid... 


Great Job Will Jackson!  Good Luck with the NFL...  But hey, personally it sounds like you can make good money with out taking the hits...  lol.. I would opt for the investment banking... 

D-Sheets
D-Sheets

"The former Georgia Tech guard stayed at Tech for five full years, earning a management degree and getting two semesters into an MBA..landed an investment banking internship that earned him a job offer and pulled down the grades that helped him obtain a postgraduate scholarships from the ACC and membership in a National Football Foundation honor society."


OUTSTANDING WORK, Mr. Will Jackson!   Best of luck on getting an opportunity to play at the next level! 

JacketMan
JacketMan

Kids coming out of high school should be made aware that there are only 53 players per NFL Team (only 46 can dress out per game), and there are only 32 teams in the NFL. This means at any given time, only 1,696 players, out of every player in the world; coming out of every high school, and every college, and those who have been in the NFL for years, are on the roster at one time. Granted many players may get drafted, but actually making the roster, are two different things entirely.

Now take into consideration that approximately 234 players get drafted EVERY year (some supplemental picks make that number vary) that each player competes with, along with existing players on current rosters, free agents, and players on teams outside the NFL, like those playing in the CFL, then the odds of making an NFL roster are extremely small unless you are the elite of the elite, you avoid injury, and have no "red flags," like drug or disciplinary problems.

This is precisely why the team you choose to play for may seem important, but getting your degree is CRITICAL. It turns out that your college degree has a much higher probably of success in life, and where you get the degree helps determine what type of job you'll get, and what your potential income will be for the rest of your life.

GTBob
GTBob

Will is a great model for future recruits to look at. He may get his shot at the NFL but if he doesn't then look at his backup plan. Already has a great degree and is working on another one. Also already has a job offer with an investment banking firm. The kid worked hard and is setup for life no matter what happens with his football career. He is what GT is all about. Congrats to him.

POAD2014
POAD2014

Having the scholarship to finish his MBA is great no matter if he plays in the NFL. I hope his business and NFL Dreams come to fruition. 

SupersizeThatOrder-mutt
SupersizeThatOrder-mutt

Regardless of whether he makes it to the NFL or not, it looks like he is pretty much set for a successful life.  I always liked him on the field.

juvenal
juvenal

won't know till...when should we hear about these guys?  bottom scroll Sat?