- AProjectionRound 1
- YearRedshirt Junior
- Hand9 ⅜
- Arm31 ⅛
Strong Points: Height and length. Smooth athlete with loose hips. Low in pedal and turns quickly. Has outstanding ball skills and hands. Can play press, off or zone. Very aware with very good receiver awareness in zone. Transitions quickly. Willing in run support.
Weak Points: Lean frame -- needs to get stronger, especially in the upper body. Not as aggressive as he should be in run support -- will miss some tackles. Can be slow to get off blocks. Only started one year in college. Did not run as fast as anticipated at the combine and followed that up with a 4.52 40 time at the Iowa pro day.
The Way We See It: A fourth-year senior and a one-year starter for Iowa, Jackson redshirted as a freshman and played as a backup from 2015-16 with just one start. Started every game in 2017 and had a productive season with 8 interceptions and 50 total tackles. Played press, off and zone at Iowa -- and is very good with each. Has a good jam and can turn and run with most receivers. Can keep good position while in coverage and transitions very well to close. Has excellent anticipation and ball skills. Needs to get stronger in his upper body and tackle better. Too many missed tackles. Willing in run support, but Jackson is not aggressive and waits for play to come to him. Needs to get off blocks more quickly. Has the cover and ball skills to start right away in the NFL but needs to get stronger and more aggressive. As good as he is, Jackson's timed speed will affect where he gets drafted because corner is a stop-watch driven position come draft day. Early in the process he looked like a high first-rounder. Now he will go in the second half of the first round.