PROS: He does a good job keeping things in front of him and shows ability to jump routes and make plays. Can play the deep ball well. Can make the tackle on the edge or at the point of attack. Will break down, wrap up, and also go for the strip.
CONS: Doesn't have great hips and not as effective in man coverage. Gives up too much cushion to receivers. Despite size, he's not a great tackler. Lacks ideal burst and speed.
OVERVIEW: Jackson is more in line with your typical Oklahoma corner that has come out over the years in that he's better in zone than man.
NFL FORECAST: Jackson looks like he'd make a natural fit in a Cover-2 scheme, but will have difficulties matching up in man coverage because of the lack of ideal hips and burst. You like his size and he can make plays. But he could be overmatched going up against quality NFL receivers in man coverage. A team like Tampa Bay or Chicago would be smart to pick him up. In such a scheme, I think Jackson could contribute right away. But in a man-heavy scheme, I'm not sure Jackson will be more than a nickel corner. Because of his size and the fact that he's better in run support than most college corners, there's also a possibility that Jackson could move to safety, particularly in those schemes where teams play a ton of man coverage. He's got the size where I think he could be effective there, but he'd be a work in progress. But you like his ball skills, comfort in zone, and really the only thing that is missing is that he needs to be a more sound tackler. Jackson should be a guy that can contribute to all teams, but needs to go to the right one in order to excel.
ATL FORECAST: Jackson is a player a lot like Chevis Jackson, but probably slightly better. And while the Falcons do practice a heavy mix of zone and man coverage, I'm not sure he can be a reliable option in those man schemes just like Jackson. He could come to Atlanta, add some size and be able to push for a nickel job. He'd likely have to excel on special teams to really offer a lot of value to the Falcons.
VALUE: Because of his limited ability in man coverage, Jackson is a better fit as a third round pick. For a zone-heavy team or one that envisions him as a safety, he wouldn't be a reach in the latter part of the second round.
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite
MAN COVERAGE: 2.5
ZONE COVERAGE: 4.0
BALL SKILLS: 4.0
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