Here are some videos to watch of Jackson via YouTube…
Right off the top, the first video is much more valuable than the second. We can see Jackson going against a very good team in a bowl games, and playing against players who are going to be professionals at some point (well, some of them will be). Jackson is 6-foot-0 and 189 pounds, so size is a bit of a concern. While the height is at the very bottom of what Dorsey says he would accept, the weight is more concerning. Jackson can hopefully add another 5-10 pounds to that frame.
However, he has blazing speed. Jackson ran a 4.37 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine in February, the best number among all corners. When you watch the game tape of Jackson, that matches up. There were a handful of times he was beaten on routes but was able to recover and close the gap.
When you watch the game against Florida State, go to the 2:35 mark. There, we see Jackson have a mental lapse. Jackson has his man covered on a deep post route but stops running, thinking the play is over. If Sean McGuire makes a good throw, it’s six points. Instead, the ball is underthrtown and Jackson intercepts. On one hand, the focus needs to be much better. On the other, Jackson shows his athleticism, high-pointing the ball and making the grab.
Jackson’s best asset – along with his speed – is his versatility. We see him in multiple concepts in this game, playing off-man, short zone, deep zone and press-man. We all know defensive coordinator Bob Sutton likes to mix it up but will pres more often than not. Despite being a bit smaller, Jackson has excellent technique and should be able to press without much issue if he adds a few pounds.
Overall, this is a really good-looking player. He is deserving of a first-round grade. Jackson is not just a good cover-corner but someone who can make a game-changing play. Last year, he broke up 23 passes. For those unaware, that is a massive number which led the nation. He also amassed five interceptions.
The player he reminds me of? Marcus Peters, just a touch smaller.