Drake Jackson is making the right imprint on the NFL in his rookie season.
The San Francisco 49ers’ rookie defensive end recorded his first NFL sack on Sunday Night Football against the Denver Broncos. The former USC Trojan star’s first sack came against future Hall of Fame quarterback Russell Wilson.
On a night when the offenses were bad, the defenses were great. Jackson has quickly made himself an important piece of what the 49ers are doing. San Francisco’s defense is doing its job. The offense under Jimmy Garoppolo? Not so much. Jackson knows he can only control what he can control. The rookie is showing that he was undervalued on draft night, getting picked outside the top 60. He has embraced his opportunity in San Francisco. The early results prove it.
Per @PFF the Niners generated 24 total pressures and 4 sacks as a team:
• Nick Bosa: 6, (1 sack)
• Samson Ebukam: 5
• Charles Omenihu: 4
• Kevin Givens: 3, (1 sack)
• Drake Jackson: 2, (1 sack)
• Kerry Hyder: 1, (1 sack) pic.twitter.com/MG88euvbVY
— Coach Yac 🗣 (@Coach_Yac) September 26, 2022
The 49ers made Jackson a second-round pick out of USC in this year’s draft. He entered Sunday night’s game with two tackles in his first two game appearances.
During his three years at USC Drake Jackson recorded 103 tackles, 12.5 sacks and two forced fumbles.
A blitzing Talanoa Hufanga makes a huge stop in the backfield one play. Then, Drake Jackson sacks Russell Wilson on third down.
Big drive for USC and the 49ers defense.
— Ryan Kartje (@Ryan_Kartje) September 26, 2022
You can watch Jackson’s sack of Wilson below.
Drake Jackson gets his first NFL sack 👏 pic.twitter.com/G9wUVSfGGF
— 49ers on NBCS (@NBCS49ers) September 26, 2022
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