Falcons select OG Andrew Jackson in the 7th round

Andrew Jackson was considered a top flight prospect before suffering an ankle injury.

Andrew Jackson was considered a top flight prospect before suffering an ankle injury.

Name: Andrew Jackson (7th round, 210)

Size: 6-5, 297

College: Fresno State

His production: He missed nine games last season with an ankle injury. He played in only three games and the East-West Shrine Game. He was an all-WAC pick and first team all-Academic All-American as a junior. He was on the line that helped pave the way for running back Ryan Matthews, who led the nation in rushing in 2009.

The skinny: He was the 15th rated guard in the draft by ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper. “Might even become a starter for a gritty, try-hard offensive line such as that of the Falcons, Patriots or Chiefs,” wrote Nolan Nawrocki in Pro Football Weekly’s 2011 draft preview.

INTERVIEW WITH ANDREW JACKSON TODAY

ON WHEN GOT THE CALL: “I was walking around with some friends at an outdoor market. We got in the truck to head home and I got the call. I was just excited as heck about it.”

ON HIS ANKLE INJURY: “It’s fully recovered. It was a high ankle sprain. I tried to come back. I begged and pleaded with the coaches to let me give it a try. They did and it was too early. So, then we waited until the bowl game and unfortunately it took that long. But that’s what it took to get 100 percent.”

ON THE COMBINE: “It went pretty well. I thought it was good. I had a good feeling after the combine.”

ON IF HE THOUGHT THE FALCONS WERE INTERESTED: “I really didn’t know. I talked with the scouts and I hadn’t heard from them. It was a surprise.”

ON HELPING RYAN MATTHEWS LEAD THE NATION IN RUSHING IN 2009: “At Fresno State, we hang our hat on power. We hang our hat on running the ball and pounded the rock. Blocking for Ryan Matthews was awesome. He’s a very talented athlete. Being able to block for somebody like that was a lot of fun. It was really exciting and made us push harder and harder. That’s kind of the background and style that I come from.”

ON WHERE HE’D LIKE TO PLAY: “Guard or Center. I’ve been a backup center at Fresno State. I’ve never had to be used in a game. I don’t have any game experience, but I have practiced it a lot.”

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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41 comments Add your comment

MonkDaddy

April 30th, 2011
5:37 pm

MonkDaddy

April 30th, 2011
5:37 pm

First Baby!!! I like this pick

ToccoaBird

April 30th, 2011
5:42 pm

D’led will the new Falcons be required to wear bow ties? This is a good move by TD.

reality

April 30th, 2011
5:43 pm

Perfect area in the draft to take a developmental OL. This guy could very well end up being a starter in a few years.

Love armchair fans

April 30th, 2011
5:43 pm

I remember all the fans who were pissed about projections that the falcons would take Pouncy last year. Good thing we didn’t end up with him, he was a real bust. I’m always amazed how the person who sits on his couch thinks he knows more than the professionals. If the GM is so bad, how come the falcons went from awful to three straight years in playoffs.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

April 30th, 2011
5:44 pm

ToccoaBird — That would be a good policy.

ToccoaBird

April 30th, 2011
5:48 pm

Glad I don’t have TD’s job. But you have to question taking a punter in the 6th. That’s why he makes all the money and I don’t. I don’t think any Falcon fan would have had the guts to trade up for Jones like TD did.

26.2

April 30th, 2011
5:51 pm

@ armchair – 1) Pouncy made the Pro Bowl in his rookie year 2) Falcons were not in the playoffs year before last

wdwj

April 30th, 2011
5:52 pm

is that the choke hold? and which one is AJ?

Love armchair fans

April 30th, 2011
5:56 pm

26.2 – while you are right about the playoffs year before last, I was being sarcastic about the fans in regards to Pouncy. Everyone ripped on the projection that the Falcons would take him. He was a great player. My point is that perhaps the fans on these blogs are fans and not experts. I just get tired of seeing out pissed everyone gets at every pick.

26.2

April 30th, 2011
5:57 pm

@ armchair – only love brother

PoDunk

April 30th, 2011
6:05 pm

TD has to carry his cajones in a wheelbarrow. He’s got guts. Really liking this draft. You can see how things are lining up for when free agency starts. We’ll be trading a few players for picks, and we’ll go after our DE.

Love armchair fans

April 30th, 2011
6:05 pm

In my defense, a winning or even a non losing season feels like a playoff season speaking as a life long falcon fan.

Uptown

April 30th, 2011
6:06 pm

Guys-
You have to love TD. Not only does has he been magic to this point but watch what he does in the future. This draft class is exceptional!!

TD has No clue

April 30th, 2011
6:13 pm

He was the 7th President….Now drafted in the 7th round. Go figure.

mcbubba

April 30th, 2011
6:13 pm

Mark Herzlich is still on the board!!!!
Falcon Filter!!!

torgo

April 30th, 2011
6:14 pm

NICE move grabbing Andrew Jackson in the seventh round. Aggressive playing style (our kind of guy). Good strength and balance. Lots of playing experience. Hard worker. Solid drive blocker. Gets the job done in pass protection.

Fifth round grades from some sources. Nice pickup in the early seventh. It helps make up for using the sixth rounder on the kicker/punter.

Also… for those of us that had hoped for Virgil Green: Right after he was selected Mayock tipped off why he slid. Medical complications recently emerged from a past microfracture surgery. Mayock said several teams scratched him entirely off their draft boards.

Nathan Darling

April 30th, 2011
6:14 pm

All the picks were good except dent witch i would replace with Sam Acho and the punter

coleski

April 30th, 2011
6:15 pm

Matbe he can block.

chipontheroadbirdsrus

April 30th, 2011
6:24 pm

Cliff Matthews out of SC could be a baller

tjhook

April 30th, 2011
6:27 pm

Toccoabird, I would have pushed as hard as TD for the trade; for proof, go look at Mark Bradley column where he refers to Peter King about the trade possibility. This pick looks good too. The Quizz Rogers pick is awesome – now the only issue is Mike Mularkey. He has NO excuse for the team now.

J.J.M.

April 30th, 2011
6:28 pm

jenkins to the slot what are they talking about on nfl network

ToccoaBird

April 30th, 2011
6:28 pm

chip that’s another good 7th round pick from TD

torgo

April 30th, 2011
6:28 pm

Cliff Matthews is another one that carried fifth or sixth round grades. Nice pick at #230.

I’m okay with the last three picks as a whole – if we had taken Jackson in the sixth, Matthews at the top of the seventh, and Bosher at #230, I would have been pretty happy with it.

We didn’t get them in the order I would have wanted to select them, but it’s the same three players.

ToccoaBird

April 30th, 2011
6:30 pm

TJ, I didn’t saw it wasn’t a great pick for Jones. but most people would have never had the guts to make that trade. That’s why in TD we trust.

ToccoaBird

April 30th, 2011
6:31 pm

TD picked 2, 7th rounders who should make the team.

chipontheroadbirdsrus

April 30th, 2011
6:35 pm

ToccoaBird YEA MAN TD ET ALL FALCONS DID GREAT THIS WEEKEND

chipontheroadbirdsrus

April 30th, 2011
6:37 pm

wonder who MR INSIGNIFFICANT WILL B THIS YEAR OR IS IT MR IRRELLIVANT

ToccoaBird

April 30th, 2011
6:38 pm

cant wait to see Dent put a dent in the Aints.

chipontheroadbirdsrus

April 30th, 2011
6:38 pm

Legend of Len Barker

April 30th, 2011
6:46 pm

Is Martin Van Buren next on our draft board?

ATL Fan

April 30th, 2011
6:47 pm

Hopefully he will last longer than QB Robert (Bob) Lee (1973 – 1974).
Now if we could just find someone named Jeff Davis…

falconsrelax

April 30th, 2011
6:56 pm

TD is shaking up the o-line and for good reason. They will want their money. Let them walk. I like this pick. Injuries dropped his stock. Could be a good starter if he works hard or good backup

DrJ

April 30th, 2011
9:08 pm

The tackle in the picture is a Classic Bow Tie…

hiramsaint

April 30th, 2011
10:25 pm

new orleans is celebrating your draft more than you are. hehehehehehehehehehehe !

Jordan

April 30th, 2011
11:23 pm

DR. FALCON

May 1st, 2011
12:12 am

ANDREW JACKSON? I WOULD’VE PREFERRED CLINT BOLING OUT OF UGA, OR BIG MARCUS CANNON, BUT OOH WELL! I STILL GIVE OUR DRAFT A B pLUS. IT WOULD HAVE BEEN AN A BUT WE WASTED A PICK ON A PUNTER. ARE YOU KIDDING ME? BUT , OVERALL, THANKS DIMITROFF FOR BEING AGGRESSIVE! BRING ON THE SCHEDULE!!!!

Nique

May 1st, 2011
12:48 am

I would have rather had Casey Matthews over Dent but in the 3rd, or even would have like to trade up 10 slots & grab Bailey from the U who the Chiefs grabbed but notheless, this was the second nearly flawless draft TD has had in his tenure here!

D Money

May 1st, 2011
3:35 pm

@JJM–Jenkins to the slot makes alot of sense. It’s about mismatches plus Jenkins don’t mind going across the middle. Jenkins didn’t work that well as a number two but he would make a very good number three. There could be a huge problem for defenses if the Falcons have Jenkins, White, Jones (hopefully), Gonzo, and Turner on the field all at one time. If they paly zone they’re burnt and if they paly man-to-man they’re burnt. No longer can defenses play 8 in the box, ultimately opening up both the run and passing game. Now if we can get a pass rush, we’ll be fine.

Mystikal

May 1st, 2011
11:27 pm

I know you can’t have it all, but whenever football starts back this is my list of undrafted players I would pull from:

WR Ricardo Lockette, S Joe Lefeged, QB Pat Devlin, WR Deandre Brown, RB Derrick Locke
TE Zach Pianalto, S Deunta Williams, CB Kendrick Burney, DE Pierre Allen,
WR Terrance Tolliver, LB Mark Herzlich, RB Noel Devine, TE Schuylar Oordt,
C Jake Kirkpatrick, WR Courtney Smith and maybe take a flyer on Weslye Saunders.

bo1

May 2nd, 2011
8:35 pm

DLed, what’s the haps, brah…..I wiki’d you and found nothing….give yourself some love and load up and entry, you’ve hit the big time ATL market and deserve it.