Mississippi State Bulldogs: 50 Greatest Athletes in School History

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Aug 28, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders guard Gabe Jackson (66) against the Seattle Seahawks at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

#40 Gabe Jackson, Football Offensive Guard (2010-2013)

Gabe Jackson has often been described in two words: Road Grater. Jackson contemplated an early leap to the NFL after the 2012 season. He likely would have been drafted, but it would have been in the late rounds. Jackson used the 2013 season to improve and watched his draft stock go up as well. He was drafted in the third round of the NFL Draft in 2014 by the Oakland Raiders. Jackson was a starter for the Raiders during his rookie season, and many who cover the NFL consider him to be one of the best young offensive linemen in the league. Jackson is one of the players the Raiders are now rebuilding their franchise around. Quarterback Derek Carr needs protection up the middle, and Jackson not only held his own, but thrived against many of the NFL’s best. He was considered by many to be one of the best rookie offensive linemen in the league in 2014.Assuming there are no injury problems, Jackson is going to be around for a ling time for the Raiders. He is on a very cap friendly deal since he is playing under his rookie contract. But it shouldn’t be too long before Jackson sees a big payday for all he has done on the Raiders’ offensive line.

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