Does a great job of establishing his presence in the paint
Active on the boards
Good arsenal of moves on the block
Uses pump fakes to get defenders in the air
At best when operating along the baseline
Handling double teams down low
Good passer off the block
Free throw shooting
Doesn't have great athleticism or explosiveness
Played all zone in college; doesn't have a lot of man-to-man defensive experience against bigger bodies
Summary: Jackson has turned into a double-double machine in his senior season which has increased his chances of being a second-round pick in 2011. However, his lack of a step-out game on the offensive end could mean he goes undrafted and has to try to make a roster the hard way.
Player Comparison: Darnell Jackson. I really do not see Rick Jackson being anything more than an additional body on the roster to add depth up front if he even makes a team. Darnell has a little bigger body but had a similar collegiate career in that he was a solid role player due to his physicality and rebounding which is what makes Rick a solid player at Syracuse. Darnell will never be a significant contributor in the NBA, and I do not see Rick making a major splash either unless he develops a face-up game.
Honestly 49ers need so much work, might as well turn the 2 pck into multiple. If they don't I would love to see allen from bama because the 49ers are invested in two young ends. I think switching to a 4-3 will help armstead and buckner since they are so lengthy. Pair those two up with a nose tackle who will attract attention from a guard and make armstead and buckner face one on once matchups will be helpful for them. If not allen I would love to see a trade back get jabrill peppers and have him as a tampa 2 linebacker/safety (Urlacher anyone?). have a new kind of version of the 4-4 defense where it would have 3 linebackers and 3 safeties. one for pass one to help the rush, and the other as a multi function player.