Selected by Oakland Raiders in the third round (81st overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft, May 9, 2014.
AT A GLANCE:
2014: Appeared in 13 games with 12 starts...Earned the starting job at left guard after a strong training camp and preseason...Became the third offensive lineman in Raiders history (Khalif Barnes, 2010; Bob Mischak, 1963) to record multiple receptions in a season...(9/7) at NYJ: Started at left guard in his NFL debut on an offensive line that did not allow a sack through the first half...Posted a 1-yard reception on a deflected pass from QB Derek Carr, the first reception of his career...(9/14) vs. Hou.: Helped the offense gain 364 total yards of offense...Part of an offensive line that did not allow a sack of Carr...(9/21) at NE: Helped the offensive line prevent a sack of Carr for the second straight game...(10/12) vs. SD: Started and helped the offense total 396 yards...Helped prevent a single sack for the third time this season, joining the 1970 Raiders’ line as only units in franchise history with three shutouts in the sacks allowed category through five games...(11/30) at StL.: Returned to action after missing three games with a knee injury...Played the majority of the snaps on offense at left guard after T Menelik Watson exited the game with an injury and T/G Khalif Barnes moved to right tackle...Caught a deflected pass from Carr for a 6-yard loss at the end of the first half...Became the third offensive lineman in Raiders history to record multiple receptions in a season...(12/7) vs. SF: Helped the offense total 330 yards of offense in the victory...Helped Carr post a passer rating of 140.2, his highest of the season…(12/21) vs. Buf.: Paved the way for a rushing attack that produced 140 yards, the team’s second highest rushing total of the year.
COLLEGE: Played four seasons at Mississippi State, becoming one of the most decorated offensive lineman in school history…Started all 52 games of his career at left guard…Two-time All-American selection and a two-time first-team All-SEC recipient…Started all 13 games at left guard as a senior…Earned first-team All-SEC honors by the league coaches and Associated Press for the second straight year…Named second-team All-American by Walter Camp, USA Today and Athlon Sports…Awarded the Cornerly Trophy as the top collegiate player in the state of Mississippi and also claimed the Kent Hull Award as the top offensive lineman in Mississippi…Paved the way for an MSU offense that shattered school records in total yards, first downs and yards per game…Earned SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week honors three times and became just the second MSU offensive lineman in school history to receive the honor two or more times…Started all 13 games at left guard as a junior…Earned first-team All-SEC honors by the AP and Phil Steele and second-team honors by the SEC Coaches and ESPN.com…Named to the Phil Steele and FoxSportsNext All-American Second Team, as well as earning honorable mention All-American honors from Sports Illustrated and Pro Football Weekly…Part of an offensive line that gave up the second-fewest sacks in the SEC (29th nationally) and did not personally give up a sack all season…Started all 13 games at left guard as a sophomore…Named to the AP and Rivals.com All-SEC Second Team, as well as the Rivals.com Sophomore All-American team…Blocked for RB Vick Ballard, who finished fourth in the SEC in rushing, while giving up the fifth-fewest sacks in the league…Helped the 2011 squad reach the top 10 in school history for single-season marks in passing touchdowns, passing completions, total yards and first downs…Blocked for an offense that scored 50-plus points twice in the same season for the first time since 1914, and only the third time in school history…Started all 13 games at left guard as a redshirt freshman…Named an SEC All-Freshman selection by the coaches…Helped pave the way for the Bulldog rushing attack that averaged 214.8 yards per game, 16th in the country and second-highest average in the SEC…Helped the Bulldogs rush for over 200 yards seven different times…Redshirted his true freshman year in 2009.
PERSONAL: Attended Amite County High School in Liberty, Miss., playing football for his father, Charles Jackson, the team’s head coach…Played on both sides of the ball at tackle during his four-year career…Rivals.com ranked him as the 28th-best prospect in the state of Mississippi, and the fourth-best offensive lineman on the state chart.
G Gabe Jackson, who recently returned to practice after suffering a knee injury, played a bigger role at St. Louis than anticipated due to an injury to T Menelik Watson.