FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas defensive tackle Keith Jackson Jr. was selected in the seventh round by the St. Louis Rams the second day of the National Football League Draft on Sunday. Jackson was the 38th pick of the seventh round and the 248th pick overall. The Little Rock, Ark., native was one of 19 defensive tackles taken in the two-day draft.
Jackson became the second member his family to be taken in the NFL Draft. His father Keith Jackson Sr. was selected with the 13th pick of the 1988 draft by the Philadelphia Eagles. He went on to a Pro Bowl career with the Eagles and the Green Bay Packers.
Jackson Jr. ranked fourth on the Razorbacks in tackles last season with 79 stops, including 7.5 tackles for loss (-32) and 2.5 sacks (-25). He also snared two interceptions on the season including returning one for 69 yards and a touchdown against Southeast Missouri. He was a first-team All-Southeastern Conference selection as chosen by The Associated Press and was the national defensive player of the week for his performance against Auburn.
Jackson joined first-day Razorback draftees defensive end Jamaal Anderson (1st round – 8th pick) and cornerback Chris Houston (2nd round – 41st pick) who went to the Atlanta Falcons and offensive tackle Tony Ugoh (2nd round – 42nd pick) who was selected by the Indianapolis Colts.
Arkansas’ four picks in this year’s draft marked the most Razorbacks selected since 2004 when six players were taken. The Razorback foursome was included in a total of 41 players selected from the SEC in the 2007 NFL Draft.