Ripcord wrote:so what round would you say he should be drafted in. like the early third or late 2nd
The answer to this question is relatively simple. You see, the case is not whether Jackson has the ability to fluorish and be a capable no.2 RB (and in time perhaps a good no.1), but rather whether that opportunity will be there. If Jackson were soely featured on his own, then yes, a mid-late second round pick is reasonable. I say this because while he has the potential, we really haven't seen him perform for an entire season on his own, and thus there is reason to believe that maybe he is not the RB we all expect him to be.
The latter is not the situation however, and for a unknown period of time we will have to see him and Faulk share some touches. Because of this, he should really drop somewhere into the late fourth round. Even more importantly, Faulk's time, as sad as it is to say, has almost come. If you were drafting Jackson without Faulk's presence, you could take him in the second and no one would really question you too much. But because it will take a year or two for Jackson to be "the man" all by himself, he should be had no earlier than the mid 3rd IMO. If you can snag him there, then you will have stolen a stud of the future...but i wouldn't gamble earlier than that right now.