How does Drake Jackson look?
Coaches won't be able to see much from Beal, at least in terms of a real pass rush, and they won't be able to see much from second-year edge rusher Drake Jackson either for the same reason.
Yet Jackson is a player to watch for a number of key reasons, too.
For starters, his strength and conditioning will be something worth monitoring, particularly after he became a healthy scratch on a seemingly weekly basis last season and into the playoffs despite a promising start to his rookie year. As told by head coach Kyle Shanahan later, Jackson's body effectively gave out at that point, so it'll be vital for the pass-rusher to deliver more of an impact in 2023.
Additionally, San Francisco said goodbye to two of its better reserve pass-rushers in free agency, Samson Ebukam and Charles Omenihu, essentially leaving All-Pro Nick Bosa the lone legitimate threat in the pass-rush department heading into 2023.
Jackson has the chance to claim that No. 2 role behind Bosa, but he'll have to show up in shape and physically ready to meet the challenge when OTAs kick off.