2017 NFL mock draft: Chiefs haul includes new quarterback
By Matt Conner
Round Four: Eddie Jackson, S, Alabama (No. 128 overall)
Eddie Jackson in 2017 is not the Eddie Jackson you might remember from his breakout junior campaign. Jackson’s draft stock took a hit when he broke his leg during his senior season and added a bit more tape that displayed some weaknesses, but the on-field intelligence and athleticism is still there, even as scouts say he was helped by playing on such an outstanding overall unit that made him look better than he actually is.
Jackson will immediately add value to special teams depth charts as a punt returner and experienced S/T player. He’s also a very versatile player who played for four years in Nick Saban’s system, so expect him to be pro ready even if his ceiling isn’t as high as initially believed. Injury concerns are real here with a torn ACL in 2014 and the season-ending broken leg in 2016, but Jackson could be nice for a fourth round value.
Despite the addition of Sidney Jones already, the Chiefs are likely going to see Daniel Sorensen walk this offseason. John Dorsey has a real eye for safeties and has found tremendous value in the position in former years, from Kelcie McCray to Tyvon Branch, so he should be trusted to find a good replacement for Sorensen. Jackson would add a nice young talent for sub packages and special teams.