6’0″ – 196 lbs. – 4.56
Redshirted as a true freshman, then spent two seasons as a reserve before stepping into the starting lineup and enjoying a very productive junior campaign, foregoing his senior season to declare. Tall, long-limbed cornerback who looks the part of a pro boundary corner; some teams may want him to add a little bit of bulk. Lined up almost exclusively on the left side at the college level, but also took snaps as a slot cornerback or on the right side on occasion. Well-prepared defensive back who played a variety of different techniques, including press-man, bump-and-run, bail, shuffle, and off-zone. Surprisingly quick and athletic for a bigger cornerback. Looks very comfortable matching opposing receivers’ releases at the line of scrimmage with his footwork, and sticking with them through their breaks. Does a good job of using his length to stick with opponents, although he wasn’t asked to jam opponents at the line on a regular basis. Fast enough to carry boundary receivers down the sidelines, with the quick-twitch reflexes to avoid leaving receivers open at the route stem on shorter patterns such as stop routes, curls, and comebacks. Has a very good feel for route developments, with excellent ball skills to disrupt opposing throws; length and timing allow him to bat down quite a few passes when targeted. Showcases the ability to plant and drive on spots when working in zone coverage against underneath routes or in order to undercut longer throws. Does a good job of baiting quarterbacks into throws in zone and then stepping in to make the interception; length, timing, and soft hands allow him to capitalize on opportunities to create turnovers. Intercepted eight passes (two touchdowns) and broke up another eighteen. Pad level and balance in his backpedal is a little bit inconsistent and varies with distance. Not the most physical cornerback when it comes to making tackles in the run game; will also turn himself into a projectile at times instead of trying to wrap up opposing ballcarriers. Extends his arms when playing off blocks but doesn’t always put himself in the best position to make stops. A converted wide receiver, Jackson has a highly desirable combination of length, quickness, feel, and ball skills; his polish is even more incredible given that he’s relatively new to the position and has just one season of starting experience under his belt. A candidate to be the first cornerback selected.