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NFL Draft Profile- Donovan Jackson

By J.T.

Photo Credit- Sports Illustrated

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Today’s Spotlight - Ohio State, Guard, Donovan Jackson

Name- Donovan Jackson

Pos- Guard

Team- Ohio State

HT/WT- 6’4” 320 lbs

Born- N/A

Home – Bellaire, TX

Donovan Jackson played at Episcopal High School in Bellaire, Texas. He had a decorated high school career which saw him get invited to the Army All-American Bowl game. He was the #1 player in Texas and the #1 guard in the country. 247Sports rated him a five-star prospect and the #17 overall player coming out of high school. He selected Ohio State and became their highest rated offensive lineman in their 2021 recruiting class.

He earned his first varsity letter in 2021, playing in all 13 games for the Buckeyes. He played primarily as a rotational sub on their offensive line. Jackson started all 13 games in 2022 and helped the Ohio State offense rank No. 9 nationally in total offense (490.2) and No. 2 in scoring (44.2). He tied his teammates Paris Johnson, Jr. and Luke Wypler for most plays from scrimmage with 827. He was named first-team All-Big Ten after the season.

He enters 2023 as a Draft 412 preseason first-team All-American.

Jackson has a feel for straight ahead blocking and understands the techniques involved in combo blocking. He gets to the second level of the defense fluidly and is a guard who excels in pulling. He has aggressive hands and is agile, playing with a wide base and uses his reach to his advantage.

Jackson has an initial explosion that creates a strong point of attack. He uses his legs well to drive and make up for his lack of upper body strength. He understands his assignments and knows when to give protection to a teammate during a blitz.

On the downside Jackson is a much better run blocker than he is a pass blocker. He struggles at times with bullrushes and his first step is better forward than backwards. He lacks the elite upper body strength you expect from a first round pick and he has issues with his balance against stronger opponents. His mechanics on his footwork will need some work and pass blocking technique will need to be refined.

Jonah Jackson was a former 3rd round pick out of Ohio State and entered the NFL with the same skill set. He too was a top notch run blocker who struggled in the pass protection part of the game. Jonah Jackson has made a name for himself and is now a top 10 run blocker. Draft 412 thinks Donovan Jackson has a higher pedigree and a chance to surpass Jonah’s numbers early on.


  • Run blocking

  • Athletic and flexible

  • Understands assignments

  • Initial explosion


  • Mechanics/ footwork

  • Strength–Inconsistent

  • Pass blocking

  • Balance

Final Analysis

Donovan Jackson, with a little bit of work, can become a complete guard in the NFL. If he can get a little bit stronger and with better footwork, he can become a long term pro-bowl type player.

Draft 412 Draft Projection- Round 1 or early Round 2

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