AMITE COUNTY ALUM DRAFTED BY THE OAKLAND RAIDERS
Gabe Jackson has landed in the NFL.
The Oakland Raiders drafted Mississippi State's All-American guard with the 81st overall pick in the third round of the 2014 NFL draft Friday.
"I always wanted to play in the NFL," said Jackson, who was projected to be drafted in Rounds 2 or 3. "All the work I did for a lot of years paid off."
At 6-foot-3, 336 pounds, Jackson should bring a steadying presence to the Raiders. He started all 52 of his career games at MSU, blossoming into a dependable anchor for the Bulldogs during his four years in Starkville.
"(The Raiders are getting a player who) won't get in any trouble or have any off-the-field issues," Jackson said. "I'll come to work every day."
The Liberty native and Amite County High graduate became the first offensive lineman to win the Conerly Trophy last year (the award is given annually to the top college football player in Mississippi). He also received the inaugural Kent Hull Trophy (best O-lineman in the state) after anchoring an MSU offensive line that ranked in the top half of the Southeastern Conference in sacks allowed.
"He's NFL-ready right now," NFLDraftScout and CBS Sports draft analyst Dan Brugler said Wednesday. "(He) should be able to contribute from Day 1 as a rookie."
Jackson is now the second Amite County High School player currently in the NFL alongside James Brown that is also an offensive lineman that plays for the Chicago Bears.
MISSISSIPPI STATE/AMITE COUNTY ALUM GABE JACKSON NAMED TO 2013 ALL-SEC TEAM
Jackson entered his senior season as one of the highest rated guards in the country, as he was named 2013 preseason All-American by Athlon Sports and Phil Steele, and the best offensive lineman in the SEC by the Birmingham News .After the Bulldogs' 62–7 win over Troy University, Jackson was named as the SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week after recording five pancake blocks in helping MSU’s offense roll up 551 yards of offense. In Mississippi State's 26–59 loss against LSU, Jackson held highly regarded defensive tackle Ego Ferguson to only three tackles.
In November 2013, Jackson was named the inaugural winner of the Kent Hall Trophy, awarded to Mississippi’s most outstanding collegiate offensive lineman.
As a senior in 2013, Jackson was a first-team All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) selection.
Jackson is also currently one of the top 3 offensive lineman in for the 2014 NFL Draft.
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