First-round picks: Does it take one to know one?
Lions’ defensive end Lawrence Jackson knows what it means to be a first-round pick. It’s a label that sticks for the life of an NFL career.
Jackson was selected in the first round (28th overall) by Seattle when he was coming out of USC in 2008. He was acquired by the Lions in mid -August 2010 and seems to have found a place that better suits his game.
He was slow at the start last season because he was coming off a groin injury. But once he got going, opposing quarterbacks couldn’t ignore No. 94. In nine games he had a half-dozen sacks, 34 tackles and a forced fumble.
He flew in from Los Angeles this week to help his teammate Ndamukong Suh with his two-day football camp.
Jackson has an interesting take on Suh: “With a guy like Suh I respect the way he approaches the game, we all have a unique set of physical skills, people often times refer to the mindset as the difference maker. I know he attacks the game from a logical perspective, he’s very diligent in his work and preparation, he plays hard, he competes, he doesn’t quit. He’s getting everything he deserves.’’
Jackson is quite active on Twitter where you can find him @LoJackson94. He was tweeting Thursday from his first Tigers game.
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