No. 1: 49ers will give Drake Jackson great coaching
There are many things that make Drake Jackson an intriguing prospect. He has long arms that he knows how to use effectively, he has a quick burst off the line, and most importantly, he has bend-the-corner talent at the edge.
With 12.5 quarterback sacks and 25 tackles for a loss in 27 career games, Jackson is no stranger to production when used correctly. In three seasons at USC, two of those years were spent at linebacker, but his best season by the numbers was on the defensive line.
Some feel that USC may not have seen the best of what he has to offer, which would be great news for DeMeco Ryans and defensive line coach Kris Kocurek.
If there is untapped potential there to be found, then Jackson is an absolute gem in the making. Rest assured that Kocurek is the man for the job. He’ll not only bring it out of Jackson, he’ll utilize it in the best way possible.
From Ryans’ perspective, the 49ers have added another weapon to his arsenal. After last year’s deep playoff run, played in big part by the defense, he’s ready to go even further.
It wouldn’t be out of line to say this season is personal for Ryans. He has a plan set in place that he is clearly not willing to deviate from. He was an absolute shoo-in for the head coaching job in Minnesota with the Vikings during last year’s postseason. After beating the Green Bay Packers, he turned down a second interview to return to San Francisco for another season.
That’s a large sacrifice to make to take care of some unfinished business.
Regardless of who the defensive coordinator is at this time next season, this is a great selection for both sides without question.