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Interesting: the New Orleans Saints spent their final (for now, barring a late-round trade) pick in the 2022 NFL draft on Jordan Jackson, a defensive tackle coming out of the Air Force Academy. Like former Saints tight end Garrett Griffin, another Air Force product, Jackson has been granted deferred commitment for service and can play for the Saints this year, per NewOrleans.Football’s Nick Underhill.
Jackson, 24, missed the 2020 season with a shoulder injury but returned in 2021 to rack up 12.5 tackles for loss (7.5 sacks) while starting all 13 games and being named a team captain. He started 37 of the 49 games he played in college, totaling 15.5 sacks and 29.5 tackles for loss, and posted an impressive Relative Athletic Score of 9.13 at 6-foot-4 and 294 pounds. Hopefully he can add a lot of juice to the Saints’ interior line rotation with David Onyemata and backups like Shy Tuttle, Kentavius Street, and Jaleel Johnson.