OT – #51 Washington
Year: Redshirt Senior
High School: Jesuit (Portland, OR)
HS Rating: 3 star (0.8640)
Phil Steele: PS#106
Jaxson Kirkland Scouting Report
Doesn’t have great speed, but it’s adequate. May struggle with speed rushes a bit. Displays excellent lateral quickness after setting to stay committed to the assignment. Exhibits some good upper body strength, delivers good punches. Holds defenders in place with his strength in the block. Excellent lock. Not particularly built with his lower body, really struggles to drive defenders off the ball.
Has a good anchor, sets very well in pass protection. Good hand placement. Looks more refined as a pass protector. Excellent punch ability and placement with his hands to keep the defender off balance. Shows good technique, though he could improve this side of his game a bit. Fairly strong in pass protection. Has a good anchor that allows him to set well. Consistent in keeping his assignment out of the backfield.
Not the greatest run blocker. Doesn’t have the drive that you want to see in his lower body. Has the ability to work into the second level consistently and create big opportunities. Struggles to get ahold of the block from the snap. Will struggle at times to make the block when going downfield. Prefers to set rather than attack.
What we want to see from Jaxson Kirkland in Las Vegas
- We’d really like to see Jaxson Kirkland show something to handle speed rush to the outside. His maneuverability is a slight issue on tape, though he’s flashed strong ability handling pass rushers like Kayvon Thibodeaux with relative ease. We’d like to see him add something to his arsenal to handle it better.
Pre-Shrine Bowl projection
We really like Jaxson Kirkland as a professional prospect. He best projects as a left tackle in most any scheme, but his size and adaptability to the situation make him a valuable prospect. We think he can start in year two and his ceiling is as a perennial pro bowl player.
Our projection puts Jaxson Kirkland as a second/third-round prospect in this class. He’s big, a solid pass protector, and he’s done a great job as a blind side protector most of his career. He has tools, and people should bet on them.