Meet Your New Vikings: DE Lawrence Jackson

Posted May 22, 2013

Lawrence Jackson

With the offseason program set to kick into high gear on Tuesday as Phase 3 begins and Organized Team Activities launch, fans will start to see more and more of the Vikings players in action. So now is the time to make sure there are no more unfamiliar faces.

We familiarized you with several new faces on the day the offseason program launched. But over the next few days we’ll highlight a few more new Vikings who haven’t garnered the type of attention that a high-profile free agent signing like Greg Jennings does.

The Vikings signed a former 1st-round DE who is in the prime of his career. That would typically be pretty splashy news and would command attention and conjure conversation. But because the Vikings made the move on April 29, during the headline-grabbing event that is the NFL draft, the move went under the radar.

But now, the thinking is that Lawrence Jackson will learn the Vikings defense, fit in well with the scheme, and play at a level worthy of earning a roster spot and improving the talent level of the defensive line. That will be a worthy challenge for the 6-year pro, as he joins a defensive line position group that is jam-packed with 16 players, including all 4 returning starters and 2 draft picks.

Here’s a quick look at Jackson and how he got to the Vikings…

Measures In: 6-4, 271 pounds
Age: 27
Hometown: Inglewood, CA
Jersey: #94
Pedigree: 1st-round pick (#28 overall) out of USC by Seattle in 2008
College Production: 4-year starter; 51 starts/52 games played; 52.0 TFLs and 30.5 sacks
NFL Profile: Drafted by Seattle in 2008 and played there through 2009, where he recorded 6.5 sacks in 32 games played with 24 starts; traded to Detroit in August 2010 for a 6th-round pick and recorded 6.0 sacks in 11 games during his first season there before recording 7.0 more sacks in 2011-12.