Weight: 206 lbs.
High school: Ann Arbor (MI) Huron
Position: Wide receiver
Jersey number: #17
Last year: I ranked Jackson #37 and said he would have 8 catches, 100 yards, and 1 touchdown as a backup wide receiver. He had 4 receptions for 31 yards.
It's probably pretty rare that a senior gets downgraded on this list to such a degree, but Jackson put up pretty paltry numbers last season, and it can't be blamed entirely on Denard Robinson. Devin Gardner played a large chunk of the year at quarterback, and even his superior passing skills couldn't get Jackson to make a splash. The bottom line is that Jackson is too slow to be much of a passing threat, and he's not that great of a blocker for his size. One problem with having slow receivers is that even if they get "open," talented defensive backs can make up ground, undercut them, etc. and make plays that other receivers might be able to prevent. He would probably be better off bulking up to 215-220 lbs. and using the added mass to help in the running game, but that doesn't look like it will happen.
Going into his senior year, Jackson will be in a major fight for playing time. Fifth year senior Jeremy Gallon will probably lead the team in receiving, and two relative newcomers have been earning a fair amount of mentions by the coaches: sophomore Amara Darboh and redshirt freshman Jehu Chesson. I have learned not to trust the coaches by what they say through the media, but I think that hype might be legitimate. If I had to guess right now, I'd say Gallon, Darboh, and Chesson will be Michigan's top three wideouts, and Jackson will be battling with senior Drew Dileo, walk-on Joe Reynolds, and some freshmen for the scraps. So far Jackson has 4, 3, and 4 receptions in his first three seasons, and that production probably won't change much this year. However, it's tough for a skill player to play four years and not have his chance to shine for a moment, so I'm guessing we'll see Jackson make an important catch sometime this year.
Prediction: Backup slot receiver; 3 receptions, 40 yards, 1 touchdown