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Jackson grew from special teams ace to second-team All-Big 12 selection during his time in Norman. He hopes to follow his cousin, linebacker Chris Draft, into the NFL.
Despite being considered one of the top cornerback prospects in the country coming out of high school, Jackson redshirted his first season and contributed mainly on special teams in his first two years on the field. He tied for the team lead with 12 coverage tackles in 2007. Jackson finally got his chance to start as a junior, making 72 tackles, four for loss, two interceptions, 10 pass breakups and two forced fumbles. In his second year as a starter this fall, his four interceptions and eight pass break-ups led the team.
What the lean, strong Jackson lacks in pure top-end speed and elite lateral quickness he makes up for with his size and physical play near the line of scrimmage. NFL teams playing a lot of press coverage will value his skills, which could push Jackson into the top half of the draft.
Read & React: Slow to react to double moves and quick-out routes. He was able to get away with it against most college receivers because of his physicality, but needs work. Also hesitates before chasing or supporting the run.
Man Coverage: Great fit as a press corner. Effective getting a jam on receivers, though he could be more consistent getting hands on his man at the line. Usually stays with his man if he misses the jam, but gets off-balance. Fluid hips to turn and run down the sideline. Change of direction is adequate for his size but his average foot quickness will be an issue against top receivers who will easily separate out of breaks.
Zone Coverage: Typically plays on the line, reacts too slowly to balls thrown in his area when playing off-man or zone. Backpedal is slow and lacks knee bend, but has the athleticism to improve in this area. Gives up completions on slants too easily. Receivers eat up cushion too quickly, causing him to make contact in an attempt to keep pace. Inconsistent taking proper angles playing the ball in front of him. Receivers turning outside after the catch easily beat him to the sideline.
Closing/Recovery: Only fair recovery speed on crisp routes and when the ball is in the air, but can use his length to knock away passes even if not in perfect position. Once stopped or frozen by a receiver's juke, he struggles to get back to full speed. Not explosive as a blitzer and can be evaded by most quarterbacks. Reads his man's eyes to turn around for the ball but will turn the wrong direction on occasion and drop catchable balls.
Run Support: Has the size to be an effective run stopper and is a solid wrap-up tackler on the edge. Needs to improve using his hands to rip off receiver blocks. Chase could be stronger downfield.
Tackling: Excellent size, with strong upper-body build. Physical wrap-up tackler when near his man or the play is in front of him, but is not especially explosive. Tough to get rid of once he's latched on. Tries to reach instead of dropping his hips; must move his feet and break down to be effective against NFL quicker receivers.
Intangibles: No major character issues. Missed 2006 spring practice with a knee injury, 2010 Sun Bowl with concussion suffered during practice.
Jackson was selected All-Big 12 Conference Second Team in 2009 as voted on by the Big 12 coaches. He finished 6th on defense with 47 total tackles/35 solo, 4 interceptions and 8 passes broken up in 2009.
All-Big 12 honorable mention by the Associated Press ... finished first season as a starter with the fourth best tackle total (66) on the team ... tied for team lead in PBUs (10) and fumble recoveries (3), including two against Washington ... had two turnovers with an interception and fumble recovery against Missouri ... picked off a pass against TCU ... forced two fumbles, one each versus Washington and Texas ... had at least five tackles in eight games ... had a career-best seven tackles against Kansas, Kansas State and Texas Tech.
Recorded first career interception against Utah State ... tied career best with two tackles against Miami, Colorado, Texas, Oklahoma State and Missouri in Big 12 Championship ... tied for the team lead with 12 special teams tackles and led the team with 12 on kickoff coverage.
Played in five games with tackles in the Baylor and Nebraska games and a season-best two in the Fiesta Bowl.
Rated the No. 17 cornerback in the nation (ESPN.com), No. 20 cornerback in the country (Rivals.com), No. 34 player Postseason Texas Top 100 (Rivals.com), No. 59 player in the state of Texas (Scout.com) and No. 61 player in the Southwest (Scout.com) ... made 35 tackles and intercepted six passes as a senior ... team posted a 9-2 mark in 2004 ... totaled 30 tackles and four picks during his senior season ...competed on track and field team ... honors student ... coached by Dave Meadows.
Clocked at 4.5 seconds in the 40-yard dash …Sat out spring 2006 drills after suffering a knee injury during off-season conditioning … son of Steven Jackson and O.C. and Cathy Johnson … his cousin, Chris Draft, is am NFL linebacker ... born May 4, 1987.