Colorado State WR Warren Jackson opts for 2021 NFL Draft

Warren Jackson enters the 2021 NFL Draft class. (Photo by Timothy Nwachukwu/Getty Images)
Warren Jackson enters the 2021 NFL Draft class. (Photo by Timothy Nwachukwu/Getty Images) /

Warren Jackson will not suit up for Colorado State again, but he is an exciting 2021 NFL Draft prospect who should be on the radar.

With the Mountain West Conference pushing back their upcoming college football season, Colorado State wide receiver Warren Jackson has decided to “forgo (his) final year of eligibility and begin training for the 2021 NFL Draft.”

Similar to last year, the 2021 NFL Draft is loaded with exciting talent throughout the class. Guys like Ja’Marr Chase, Jaylen Waddle, Devonta Smith, Rondale Moore and Rashod Bateman will get most of the attention, but there are a ton of wide receivers worth getting excited about in this class.

Jackson is unlikely to be a first or second-round selection, but he is an exciting prospect who could be a tremendous value selection later in the 2021 NFL Draft. He burst onto the scene on the outside at Colorado State last season, piling up 77 receptions for 1,119 yards and eight touchdowns.

Big time size on the outside

At 6-foot-6, 215 pounds, Jackson is a massive wide receiver prospect whose size immediately stands out on tape. He does a great job of using his size to his advantage in jump ball situations, showing great body control, strong hands and great concentration in the air.

Jackson is not only tall, but he also has elite length at the wide receiver position and knows how to use his extremely long arms well. He has a ridiculously wide catch radius that allows him to snatch the ball out of the air with ease.

Jackson lacks ideal speed and quickness on the outside and is never going to be much of a big-play threat. He tracks the deep ball relatively well but simply does not have the speed to be much of a deep threat at the next level. He also lacks the elusiveness and power to make plays after the catch.

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Simply put, Jackson is likely to be a consistent weapon in the NFL, using his size to win on slants and fades. You just can’t teach that kind of size and length. However, his lack of explosive athleticism does limit his upside and likely makes him a Day 3 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.