Nov 30, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Northern Illinois Huskies defensive end Sean Progar (95) celebrates with head coach Dave Doeren after defeating Kent State Golden Flashes 44-37 in double overtime to win the 2012 MAC Championship at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

New York Jets Tryout Profile: OLB Sean Progar-Jackson

This morning we are going to take a look at a guy who earned a contract with the Jets this past weekend. He was invited to rookie minicamp, he performed, and left with a contract, which deserves quite the bit of kudos, I would say. He plays a position that wasn’t addressed in the draft, outside linebacker. We are taking a look at Sean Progar-Jackson from Northern Illinois.


Sean stands at 6’2″, and weighs 254 pounds. At his pro day, he ran the forty yard dash in 4.85 seconds.

Here are his stats from his college stats:

Tackles Def Int Fumbles
Year School Conf Class Pos Solo Ast Tot Loss Sk Int Yds Avg TD PD FR Yds TD FF
2009* Northern Illinois MAC FR DL 18 12 30 8.0 6.0 0 0 0 1 1 6 0 2
2010* Northern Illinois MAC SO DL 19 19 38 10.0 4.0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
2011* Northern Illinois MAC JR DL 22 30 52 11.0 5.5 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
2012* Northern Illinois MAC SR DL 24 25 49 10.5 8.5 1 21 21.0 0 2 0 0 0 2
Career Northern Illinois 83 86 169 39.5 24.0 1 21 21.0 0 5 1 6 0 5

Here is some video from a game against Buffalo from this past year:

PROS: Sean is very fluid when moving into pass coverage. You can see on the tape how his feet and hips move very smoothly, making the transition from pass rusher to coverage linebacker. He’s strong, you see him pushing his opponent into the backfield, especially on passing plays. Sean wraps up nicely on the tackles as well.

CONS: At 254 pounds, he could afford to add maybe 20 pounds or so of bulk, the compete with the NFL’s 300+ pound linemen. His jump off the line of scrimmage is not consistently fast. If he doesn’t get the first step, especially on running plays, Sean is easily directed out of the play. You also worry about his competition at a lesser-known school.

Obviously, Sean Progar-Jackson is doing something right, coming in as a tryout player and earning a contract. I can’t wait to see what he can do when everyone shows up to camp.

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