The Raiders have a deal with every player they drafted. Their final player, Gabe Jackson, signed Thursday evening, as per Pro Football Talk‘s Mike Wilkening.
The 6-foot-3 Mississippi State alumnus started 52 games in college and was a four-year starter. He was credited by the school with 294 knockdowns and 47 touchddown-resulting blocks. Jackson was a first-team All-American with the Bulldogs. He will likely provide depth at the guard, though with the Raiders lack of a sure-fire starter, so he could enter the conversation to protect potential starter and fellow draftee Derek Carr on opening day. He will compete with other additions like veterans Austin Howards and Kevin Boothe who came from the Jets and Giants, respectively.
Director of player personnel Joey Clinkscales spoke highly of Jackson after the draft. “He’s a powerful, physical young man. When you’re building a guard, physically, that’s what they look like,” Clinkscales said, according to the Raiders’ website.
The milestone of signing all draft picks comes well before camp and is likely a relief to the Raiders. No rookie contracts, no rookie headaches — we hope. Jackson joins the list of the eight total Raiders rookies, which includes defensive Khalil Mack, quarterback Derek Carr, defensive tackle Justin Ellis, cornerback Keith McGill, cornerback T.J Carrie, defensive end Shelby Harris, and defensive back Jonathan Dowling.
Jackson signed a four-year deal with the terms likely coming soon. Aside from Khalil Mack, which Raiders rookie do you think will be a day 1 starter? Carr or Jackson? Both? Feel free to hit us up in the comments.