Malik Jackson vs SC (via BrownsOrBust)
2011: 11 TFL, 2.5 sacks
You're gonna look at his stats and wonder why I'm profiling this guy. Understandable. His stats are unimpressive. But I beg you to watch this guy play. Particularly watch the snaps where he's lined up at his natural position, i.e. defensive end. Why Tennessee played him at DT is beyond me. He gets smoked off the ball time and time again as an interior run defender. It was also a waste of his pass rushing skill-set. Yet when you see him lined up at DE, albeit in limited fashion, the dude soesn't just look good, he looks down right dominant.
Jackson is clearly a natural defensive end. He's masterful at using his quickness and length, along with a set of violent hands, to gain leverage and control on the edge. Honestly, it is truly beyond me why this man didn't play defensive end in college. He's got a great get off with some long arms thats lets him seemingly dominate every snap from the DE position. Just his build alone makes him ill-suited to play inside. I mean he's 6-5 280. Seriously, WTF is up with that? Yes, there's only a handful of snaps of him playing DE in the clips, but he's manhandling people when he does. He seems to just overwhelm people.
The clip against South Carolina seems to have the most looks of him playing DE. See 0:28, 1:20, 2:18.
Jackson's optimal position seems, to me, to be at 4-3 DE. But I also think he can be a demon as a pass rusher as a DE in 34 sets as well.