Draft Zone: 12th Ranked Wide Receiver – Buccanneers Vincent Jackson

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers Vincent Jackson is the 12th ranked wide receiver in this year’s fantasy draft standings. With an average draft position (ADP) of 40, that puts Jackson in the beginning of the 3rd round of 12-team drafts.

Aside from a lost season in 2010 because of a contract dispute, Jackson has been one of the more productive receivers in league since 2008. He’s managed to rake more than 1,000 yards in four of the last five seasons, including last year, where he hauled in 72 catches for 1,384 yards and eight touchdowns.

Jackson remains one of the bigger wide receivers in the NFL, standing 6-foot, 5-inches tall and 230 pounds. That should continue to make him quarterback Josh Freeman’s No. 1 target. Jackson led the Bucs in catches, yards and yards per catch during the 2012 season.

Speaking of the team’s 25-year-old quarterback, many pundits have said this is a make-or-break campaign for Freeman, who is entering his fifth NFL season. Tampa Bay had the 10th best passing offense in the league in 2012 with 248.9 yards per game, but Freeman’s inconsistent play drew the ire of many critics.

Look for Jackson to remain consistent, he might need to see a possible bump in Freeman’s play. It’s also worth mentioning that it’s a contract year for Freeman, so look for a jump in his numbers, which should benefit Jackson, too. Jackson projects to be a solid No. 1 wide receiver or a high-end No. 2 option.

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