The San Francisco 49ers have gotten an early glimpse of “The Freak” during this offseason OTA and minicamp period.

“The Freak” being their first pick of the 2022 NFL Draft Drake Jackson — who goes by that name in his Instagram handle.

Jackson was dubbed by NFL Draft experts as a potential first round talent for his ability to explode off the ball, attack the quarterback and alter opposing blocking schemes/offensive game plans during his USC years. However, in a loaded edge defender class that saw 11 edge/defensive end prospects get selected in the first 60 selections, Jackson fell to the 49ers at No. 61 overall.

But the teams that held a selection during those picks could soon face the wrath of “The Freak” for passing over him. And already, one prominent member of the 49ers coaching staff not only likes what he’s seen so far at minicamp, but believes the “sky’s the limit” for the Trojans star.

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49ers Coordinator Surprised Jackson Fell

Like many inside the 49ers’ building in Santa Clara, plus many who followed the NFL Draft, watching Jackson fall to the latter part of the second round was a surprise.

Especially for the man who will soon install play designs to get Jackson into an attack mode along the 49ers’ defensive trenches: Defensive coordinator DeMeco Ryans.

“With Drake, first off, just getting Drake, just happy to have him because we didn’t think he would be there at that spot,” Ryans said to the Bay Area media following the Wednesday, June 8 minicamp session. “So, getting Drake, that was an awesome, awesome pick for us there, and I think he has really great ability. He just has to keep working. He has the ability to get to the quarterback.”

Per David Lombardi of The Athletic, Jackson is already showing that said ability, revealing that the second rounder forced a takeaway that fell into the hands of undrafted free agent safety Leon O’Neal.

Drake Jackson delivered a pressure against Justin Skule over RT that might’ve forced a Trey Lance INT — Leon O’Neal picked off the intermediate pass intended for Tanner Hudson. 49ers DBs had a good time with …read more



49ers DC DeMeco Ryans on ‘Freak’ New Addition: ‘Sky’s The Limit’

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