Scouting Report-Jackson is an interesting case. He's got nice size for an NFL corner, with long arms and is not frail like some guys are. The strength of Jackon's game is his coverage technique. He's really polished and you can tell he's put in a lot of work on that part of his game. Keeps his hips low, stays in his backpedal, uses his eyes to read the QB, does a nice job anticipating routes and breaks on the ball quickly. He's not really fast but is quick, which helps a lot in coverage. He does a nice job playing press man, getting up and jamming the WR, and looks comfortable in zone or man coverages. One thing I like about Jackson's game is he doesn't waste a lot of energy. Movements aren't exaggerated, and he can make quick adjustments because of it. One real shortcoming to his game I see is he's not much of a tackler and doesn't play run support very well, prefering not to engage offensive players, and really struggles to shed blockers
Draft Status-In a really deep CB class, Jackson may fall into the late 2nd round, simply because of how many good players playing the position, not because he's not a good player. I think if he could have shown some elite speed, he'd be in the same conversation as guys like Joe Haden and Kyle Wilson. But for whatever reason he isn't, but don't be shocked if he ends up the third CB off the board, and sneaks into the end of the first round.
Final Analysis-When you have a guy like Jackson who lined up with another very good draft prospect lin Javier Arenas, analysis is tough. You have to look at who got the teams best WR and who didn't, which guy lined up against and when you have a great defense around you, that comes into play as well. I think Jackson is a really good player, who puts out really strong effort and is rock solid in coverage from a technical standpoint. I guess the safetst way for me to say it is I think Jackson has all the tools to be a great NFL CB, but I think in the final analysis, he'll just end up a good one. He's got to get into the weight room and work harder in run support because in the NFL that is a must. Jackson is almost a vicitm of the fact he's not flashy enough, and doesn't draw enough press when it comes to his draft status but I expect a team to get a man crush on Jackson and take him early.
Reminds me of: Brandon Flowers, CB Kansas City Chiefs-Flowers is a really nice player, who does a nice job in man and zone coverage, doesn't do a great job in run support and is probbly not as talented as his play indicates at times.
Scouting Report written by Curt Popejoy