STRENGTHS - He has a powerful frame and the strength to blow defenders off the ball. He shows good agility and the ability to maneuver well in space and find his block. He is at his best when getting to the second level where he can block effectively out in space. He consistently eliminates linebackers when he gets to the second level. He is always in good position and plays to the limits of his ability consistently. Shows great consistency ever game he plays. He is always working and will play through the whistle. He has a nasty edge to his play and likes to finish the job, and will look for more after his man is eliminated.
WEAKNESSES - Jacobson is a sound player but too often he struggles to bend his knees, and he will allow a defender to gain leverage on him. He is overly aggressive and he can lunge into contact, trying to deliver a blow. He will get out of position and gets beaten by secondary pass rush moves too easily. He needs to be more consistent moving his feet after making initial contact. He has to be more consistent bending knees rather than bending at waist and leaning and reaching to make block in pass protection. He can be too slow to reach the far side when pulling. He isn't aware at all times as he will kick-slide into the quarterbacks space. He does have a history of knee injuries, suffering season ending injuries to each knee. This is actually his sixth year of football.
SUMMARY - Chris Jacobson has been a mainstay at the left guard spot for Pittsburgh. He shows the tenacity, toughness and nastiness that offensive line coaches love. Athletically he is limited to playing at the guard or center position in the NFL as he doesn't have the size to play in the edge of the line. That versatility gives him added value and will help him win a backup up roster spot. He will need to be more consistent with his feet and knee bend, but he shows good snap quickness and hand usage to really control all types of defenders. He does a nice job of pulling and physically asserting himself at the second level. At worst he should add quality depth for any team because he is a gritty player with excellent physicality. Overall, Jacobson is not a player to draft high, but he warrants fifth round consideration. He will have to get cleared medically, but he has the ability to be a solid contributor to the interior of the offensive line.