Philadelphia Eagles center Jamaal Jackson doesn’t currently have the formula for remaining the Eagles starting center for a long-time and it’s one of the reasons why Florida center Maurkice Pouncey could be the Eagles number one draft pick, if they aren’t able to trade up.
We know that defense is a priority but there’s no guarantee that the Eagles will have a trading partner to move up into the top 15 picks to grab one of the safeties they covet.
For one thing he suffered an ACL tear in the next to last regular season game in the 2009 regular season.¬† That means he’ll be forced to recover from the knee injury and surgery in nine months, if he expects to be ready to play at the start of the 2010 regular season.
It’s not realistic to expect him to be able to deal with the quick and powerful nose tackles and defensive tackles in the NFL after only nine months of rehab. These guys are tremendously powerful and Jackson must have enough confidence in leg to put his full weight on it.
Remember how shaky Stacy Andrews was a year ago, when the Birds tried to play him after less than a year of rehabilitation.¬† He didn’t have enough confidence in his leg to put his full weight on it.
Defensive tackles were able to get underneath him and push him back into the face of the quarterback.¬† Jackson has his work cut out of him in trying to return to action and be effective in the 2010 season.
The other negative concerning Jackson is his birthday which is next month, May 8th.¬† On that day, he will turn 30 which is not considered a good thing around the Nova Care complex.
The fact that Jackson won’t be ready to play at the beginning of the season and he turns 30 next month means he’s a veteran Eagles players who is having health issues.
Those are all reasons why the Eagles may select Florida’s Pouncey in the first round of this year’s draft.¬† If they don’t get Pouncey, there’s still a good chance that they will select a center at some point in the draft.
Pouncey has great strength and tremendous athleticism.¬† He should be able to handle the nose tackles by himself as he gets his gets himself established.
We’ll have to wait and see it he turns out to be the guy for the Birds.