Nov 2, 2013; Columbia, SC, USA; Mississippi State Bulldogs offensive linesman Gabe Jackson (61) in the game against the South Carolina Gamecocks at Williams-Brice Stadium. The Gamecocks defeated the Bulldogs 34-16. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Oakland Raiders select Gabe Jackson with 81st pick

Trading down in the third to pick No. 81 with the Miami Dolphins, the Oakland Raiders added a second fourth round pick on Saturday in addition to also getting one of the best run blockers in this year’s draft class.

Reggie McKenzie selected offensive guard Gabe Jackson from Miss. State with his third round pick, selecting a big bodied mauler of a run blocker with an 82′ wingspan to bolster the team’s offensive line after adding Austin Howard and Donald Penn during free agency earlier this offseason.

Jackson was a four-year starter while playing for Miss. St. as one of the top guards in the SEC during his stay, amassing over 52 games at left guard. According to, Jackson did not give up a sack over the last two seasons while also making his hay as one of the best run blocking guards in the country along with SEC rival Greg Robinson from Auburn who was the second pick in the draft to the Rams as a left tackle. 

Leadership skills also likely were a factor in McKenzie’s decision to select Jackson as he was a two time captain during his college career, leadership that the Raiders coveted in earlier picks Khalil Mack and Derek Carr (who was the Raiders earlier pick on Friday, going in the second round at Pick No. 36) 

Going into Saturday’s later rounds the Raiders should feel confident that they have significantly built their future with their fist three picks. While Carr won’t contribute right way, McKenzie now has two potential Week One starters in Mack and Jackson out of the third round. With 2013 second rounder Menelik Watson hopefully getting healthy and adjusted to life in the NFL during his sophomore season in Oakland, the Raiders could have their future on the offensive line with an elite guard in Gabe Jackson falling to them in the third round. Trading down to No. 81 and securing a fourth round pick from the Dolphins makes the end of Friday even sweeter for the Raiders war room.

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  • The Putting Edge

    Nice Draft Big Reg…a great SEC Guard and an extra pick…Raiders IS Looking Goooood!!!!

  • CRUZdaddy

    Time for m.Bryant Clemson!

  • KloverJane

    At just over 6’3”, he has a ridiculous 82 1⁄8” wingspan per RosterWatch which would be normal for a 6’10” athlete.

  • chase ruttig

    Hands down my favorite “athlete” at the guard position. Big rig.

  • The Croom Diaries

    This was a steal in the 3rd round

  • James

    This is great on many levels. All of the O lineman brought in this off season still have plenty of life left in the NFL. If this guy can learn from one of the vets and become a starter, those vets that can play multiple positions and add top quality depth. Keeping the line fresh and healthy is going to be the key to keeping Schaub off his butt and opening up holes for Sheets. (we all know by week 6 mjd and DMC will be injured)

  • CognizantImpiety

    The man is a mountain. Go RAIDERS!