McKinnley Jackson 40 time: What did he run at the NFL Combine?

The high-level DT prospect showcased his speed in front of front offices at the NFL Combine.
Feb 29, 2024; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Texas A&M defensive lineman McKinnley Jackson (DL11) works
Feb 29, 2024; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Texas A&M defensive lineman McKinnley Jackson (DL11) works / Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

McKinnley Jackson 40 time: Star DT for Texas A&M football showcases speed

McKinnley Jackson entered the NFL combine as one of the players with the most to gain out of anyone in Indianapolis. Texas A&M football fans will be well aware of the potential he brings as a game wrecker on the interior of a defensive line, and his film well displays how high his ceiling is.

As a rule, though, measurables can make or break your draft stock at the combine. Jackson isn’t exactly a guy who will tower over the competition at just 6’1”, but he packs a lot of mass and power into that frame. 

What teams are most concerned with, of course, is the heralded 40-yard dash. Team speed is maybe at more of a premium now than ever, and teams watch the 40 closely. This one statistic can shoot a prospect to the top of the board for some teams, or tank him if things go poorly.

For Jackson, the day was a success. Defensive tackle is, of course, not a position that brings tons of speed to the table, so you can’t compare to what, say, even a defensive end would run. 

Jackson placed well among the defensive tackles with his 5.27 official 40 time at the combine. At over 330 LBs, that’s no small feat. His time was up there with guys like T’Vondre Sweat, who draftniks have been drooling over for quite some time.

Overall, Jackson is acquitting himself well at the combine. His position is not one that will bring a lot of draft cache in general, but he is demonstrating that, to whichever team selects him, he can be a solid contributor for years to come.