Verdict is in on ex-USC Football LB Drake Jackson's preseason injury

Drake Jackson, USC Football, USC Trojans
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Ex-USC Football DL/LB Drake Jackson got injured in just his first preseason game in the NFL. It was rather unfortunate on multiple fronts, too, because the San Francisco 49ers DE was playing well in the contest too. Check out this Pass Deflection that Jackson had on Green Bay Packers' Quarterback Jordan Love:

It was a GREAT "welcome to the NFL" moment for the hard-working Jackson, and so it was tough to see him hurt later on. Drake London got hurt in his first preseason game too, after playing well.According to NBC Sports Bay Area's Matt Maiocco, Jackson "should be okay soon," though. He reported that it was just a "stinger."

It's important for the Niners that Jackson stays healthy. They got a first-round talent in the back of the second round. Truly--that's what happened.

Jackson was supposed to be a first round pick from back when he was in high school and up through his first two years at SC. It was in his third and final year where his stock dropped due to him having horrible Defensive Coordinators finally catching up to him. His talent was always special, and again, he already had shown it in his first preseason game.

Drake Jackson was playing out of position with USC football.

Drake Jackson should have had his hand on the ground and been rushing the passer every play with USC football. That's what he did for his freshman year, and dominated (11.5 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, and three PDs). After USC replaced Clancy Pendergast with perhaps an even worse DC in Todd Orlando, however, Jackson regressed a bit.

He was still a very good player, but not what he is about to be in the NFL. He had 57 tackles, 13.5 tackles for loss, seven sacks, and one PD in his next two seasons (16 games). Now that he'll have real coaching, however, he's expected to return to form in a more natural role that he's more likely to be playing.

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It's why his health being intact is going to be huge for San Francisco and their defense. Hearing that he should be okay soon is perfect news coming out of the first preseason game. Health is most important as the team gets into the regular season. That aspect of the pro and college game is no different.