Western Kentucky linebacker Andrew Jackson was selected Saturday by the Indianapolis Colts with the 203rd overall pick in the sixth round of the NFL Draft.
Jackson, a 6-foot-1-inch, 254-pound inside linebacker, is WKU’s 29th overall draft pick and second in as many years. Defensive end Quanterus Smith was selected by Denver in last year’s fifth round.
This is the first time the Hilltoppers have had draft picks in back-to-back years since 2002-03. WKU’s last draft pick by Indianapolis was Joseph Jefferson in 2002, which was the Tops’ highest pick ever.
Jackson’s selection by the Colts reunites him with former WKU tight end Jack Doyle, who joined Indianapolis as an undrafted free agent last season and made the final roster.
“Very proud of Andrew and I am excited to have him joining the Colts!” Doyle told the Daily News by text message.
Jackson led WKU in tackles in 2011 and 2012 and finished with 326 career tackles. He totaled 95 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss and one sack in 2013.
NFL.com grades him a 5.18, projecting a “better-than-average chance to make NFL roster.”
NFL.com’s scouting report praised Jackson’s physicality, agility and thick build, but questioned his length, maturity and speed.
“He was very productive during his career at Western Kentucky,” ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. said during the outlet’s live broadcast. “He made big plays as well, and when we makes a tackle, he puts all his weight – that 260 pounds – behind it. Doesn’t always break down in space, but he’s fairly light on his feet for a kid his size. You’re not going to make a living in the NFL making stops in lateral pursuit at 260. But between the tackles, as that run-stopper, he can make big plays.”