CB Donte Jackson, Louisiana St.*

5’10” – 178 lbs. – 4.32

Started one of twelve games played but rotated heavily into the defense as a freshman, then became a full-time starter the following season, spending two years on the outside before foregoing his senior season to declare for the draft. Is also an accomplished sprinter who competed at the NCAA level. Long-limbed cornerback with solid height but marginal bulk for the position; will almost certainly be asked to gain another ten pounds or so at the next level. Typically plays press-man coverage, but also plays further off the line of scrimmage. Has pretty good footwork to match opposing releases at the line of scrimmage, with a quick if somewhat upright backpedal. Very fast player in a straight line who has the speed to cover opponents down the sidelines or across the middle of the field. However, is a little bit narrow in the hips and can be targeted on slants and other quick breaking routes; more comfortable when he’s able to use his length to bump opposing receivers on their release and pin them to the boundary when playing near the sideline. That said, physicality is a double-edged sword; is also penalty risk who creates too much contact with opposing receivers and is susceptible to being flagged for pass interference. Has the length and leaping ability to compete against tall opponents. Also uses his length to good effect when in position to make a play on the ball; able to high-point throws and intercept or break them up; picked off a total of four passes in college, and broke up another twenty. Willing to get physical in run support but appears to lack the functional strength to attack blockers and funnel runners back inside. Also dabbled as a return specialist, but wasn’t especially productive in that capacity and did not return any kicks or punts as a junior; however, may be viewed as a potential return specialist because of his athletic traits. Lack of bulk could create durability concerns. Plays bigger than his listed size because of his length and physicality, and appears comfortable carrying opponents down the sidelines out of press-man looks; combined with his extensive starting experience for a major program, those traits should interest teams who are looking for a developmental boundary cornerback who could compete for a starting role when he improves his build and functional strength.

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