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McNeese State (La.) - Cowboys

Janzen Jackson

Janzen Jackson - #12 - FS-CB

Height: 5-11 1/2
Weight: 188
Speed: 4.61
Arm: 31
Hand: 9 3/8
Wingspan: 74
Birthdate: 12/14/1990
Hometown: ,
Grade: 5.25


Event Ht Wt Hand Arm Wing Wonderlic 40 yard BP BJ VJ 20s 60s 3 Cn
03/20/2012 McNeese State Pro Day 5-11 7/8 188 9 3/8 31 1/2 73 1/2 4.53 10'7" 37 4.35 12.34 9.38
02/29/2012 Combine 5-11 1/2 188 9 3/8 31 74 4.62 9 10'5" 36 1/2 4.19 6.92



His father, Lance Guidry, is the defensive coordinator at Western Kentucky. The Louisiana prep was a USA Today All-American and one of the top-ranked cornerbacks in the country. Began his collegiate career at Tennessee in 2009, where he saw action in 10 games with nine starts at free safety as a true freshman recording 37 tackles, three pass breakups and one interception with one tackle for loss, one sack and one forced fumble. Was suspended for the Memphis game by head coach Lane Kiffin for “administrative reasons” and missed two games after he was arrested in November, along with three other people, for three counts of attempted armed robbery. The charges were dropped and he was reinstated and started the final two games. Made all 13 starts at free safety in ’10 and posted 69-6-5 with four tackles for loss and one sack. Also returned five punts for 14 yards (2.8-yard average) and one kickoff for 55 yards. Missed part of the spring semester and summer school for personal reasons before being dismissed from the Tennessee program in late August 2011 for unspecified reasons. Enrolled at McNeese State. Saw action in 10 games, starting three of the final four games at cornerback, and tallied 34-7-3 with one tackle for loss and one forced fumble. Ran an interception back 84 yards for a touchdown in the season finale against Lamar.


Thin ankles. Quick feet and loose hips. Fluid and field-fast. Smooth acceleration. Explosive closing burst. Has man-cover ability and can range off the hash. Very good ball skills and soft hands to intercept. Has worked as a “gunner.” Finished in the top five amongst safeties at the Combine in the vertical leap (361⁄2 inches), broad jump (10 feet 5 inches), 3-cone drill (6.90 seconds) and short shuttle (4.15 seconds). Productive, two-year SEC starter. Coach’s son.


Size is just adequate — has a lean build and clearly needs to familiarize himself with the weight room (did just nine reps of 225 pounds in the bench press, among the fewest of any defensive back at the Combine). Is not built to withstand a pounding and durability could be a concern. Limited functional/press strength. Average instincts — see-and-go reactor. Is a liability in run support — struggles to break down and come to balance in space. Soft, inconsistent tackler. Turns down contact and shrinks in the box (looked like was playing not to get hurt as a junior). Has a checkered past and suspect character that needs to be investigated. Looked noticeably out of shape at the Combine.


Built like a cornerback, Jackson is a lean, high-cut, smooth-muscled, finesse free safety with starter-caliber athleticism, cover skills, range and ball skills. However, he comes with a “buyer beware” warning given his feathery playing temperament and borderline rejectable character baggage.  

Janzen Jackson's Draft Stock

PFW Grade Scale
7.01-9.00Top 10

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