2017 NFL Draft
Prospect: Adoree' Jackson
Prospect: Adoree' Jackson
Ht: 5'-11" Wt: 185
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Much like Michigan safety Jabrill Peppers, Jackson is one of the premier athletes in the country. Also like Peppers, he has been used all over the field, and it has stunted his growth at his natural position. Jackson's pure speed and ability to comfortably change direction make him a terror with the ball in his hands, but cornerback is going to be the position teams want him to play. At that position, he truly has the ability to be special.
Jackson can really get up and go. His feet are extremely quick, and it puts him in a position to change direction and get to full speed at an elite pace. He also has the ability to sustain his speed down the field. A lot of scouts talk about build-up speed with long-legged players. On the other hand, shorter athletes get to full speed quicker. Jackson seems to do both. He gets out of the blocks fast and then kicks in the extra gear to carry the fastest receivers down the field. Because of this, his ceiling is very high as a potential shutdown corner at the next level.
Another strength of his is his ball skills. He has seen plenty of time at receiver in the USC offense, as well as in the return game, and he looks natural extending his hands to the ball. He is also a nightmare in the open-field with that speed and quickness. I also see a player that isn't afraid of the physical side of the game. While he does have a slender build, he is willing to step up against the run when necessary, and he doesn't shy away from contact with the ball in his hands either. He also takes a very mature approach with his press skills. He doesn't overdo it like many college corners. He waits for the receiver to declare to the inside or out, and then gives a solid punch to his frame. From there he knows he has good position, and trusts his athleticism to do the rest without having to make contact with the player again.
While there is a lot to like about Jackson, I still have my concerns with his instincts. He wins a lot with his athleticism and very little with his head. Because of this, he doesn't look as comfortable in zone-coverage like he does in man. I'd like to see a player that recognizes routes much better, and has a natural feel in his zone. He is an intelligent person and has the capacity to develop these instincts, but time spent to better himself on the offensive side has stunted that process. Still with two full years of eligibility left, the time is there to build that mental capacity it takes to play at a high level.
Overall, Jackson is one of the most physically gifted corners we have seen in college football in a long time. Since arriving at USC he has wowed those watching him with his abilities, and that has scouts drooling. The instincts are still developing, but if he can focus on the defensive side of the ball as a junior, he could be one of the top defenders drafted in 2017, should he choose to declare. As a person, he was voted a captain as a junior and appears to be a very mature individual off the field. Look for his stock to continue to rise as his mental capacity for the game gets better.
Compares to (Current NFL Player): Terrence Newman (Minnesota Vikings)
- Elite footwork
- Expected to run a sub-4.4 forty
- Outstanding ball skills
- Versatile enough to play in slot and in the return game
- Confident player
- Instincts and route-recognition need to develop
- Adequate but not great size
- Only one interception in first two years
1)   Top NFL Draft Prospects: USC's Adoree' Jackson is a big play waiting to happen   - CBSSports.com |
2)   Adoree' Jackson, USC's jack-of-all-trades, begins to specialize   - LATimes.com |
3)   Versatile USC athlete Adoree' Jackson wants to be a star cornerback
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