Tarvaris Fox Jackson III is the starting quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings drafted Jackson out of Alabama State University in the second round of the 2006 NFL Draft. He was the 64th pick overall.
In his senior season at Alabama State, he threw 25 touchdowns and just five picks. His completion rate was 61.1-percent and he totaled 2,655 yards in the air. During the course of three NCAA seasons, the quarterback accumulated 7,838 yards, posting 67 touchdown throws and 27 interceptions.
In two years with the Minnesota Vikings, Jackson has played in 16 games, completing 58.1-percent of his passes for 2,386 yards. He’s hit 11 touchdown passes and tossed 16 picks, earning a QB rating of 69.0. He’s also run for four TDs and fumbled twice, losing one.
Minnesota felt that Jackson was the quarterback that they needed, and so in order to get him, they moved up in the 2006 draft by trading a pick. The Viking executives and coaches like his rare combination of attributes, including a topnotch work ethic, extreme intelligence and superior athleticism. The six-foot-two, 225-pound Jackson has a true NFL arm, which is capable of accurately airing the ball out, hitting medium range targets and tossing the short ball. He varies velocities well and is a true student of the game, making him highly coachable. Jackson is also a fine runner, which means that he’ll keep defenses honest. The QB is also devoted to physical development, ensuring that he’ll be able to take NFL hits. He has the potential to be and remain a starter for years