With the 3rd pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, the Kansas City Chiefs selected DE Tyson Jackson out of LSU.
Jackson (6’4″, 295) was considered by most experts as the best 3-4 defensive end in this year’s draft. Though the pick was a bit of a surprise, Jackson gives the team a stout player on the edge capable of occupying multiple blockers at the point of attack.
A three-year starter at left defensive end for the Tigers, Jackson proved to be a capable, yet unspectacular pass rusher, managing just eight quarterback sacks over his last two seasons — compared to 8.5 as a sophomore. His forte was flushing the quarterback out of the pocket, as he boasts 30 pressures for his career, along with his run-containment skills, ranking 11th in school history with 27 tackles behind the line of scrimmage.