Scouting Report: Kareem Jackson

Written by Will Spencer on February 23, 2010




Kareem Jackson


Position: CB School: Alabama
Height: 5’10 1/2" Weight: 196 lbs
Class: Junior 40 time: 4.48

Overall Grade:

6.91

Draft Projection:

Late 1st Round



Draft Breakdown Red Star Player


Non-position specific categories


Category

Max. Value

Grade

Height/Weight 6 4.5
Speed 8 6.5
Quickness/Agility 10 8.5
Strength/Explosion 10 8
Athletic Ability 8 7
Durability 8 8
Character 6 6
Production/Experience 6 5.5
Toughness 8 8
Potential 10 9


Defensive Back Specific Categories


Category

Max. Value

Grade

Ball Skills 10 9
Man Coverage 10 9
Zone Coverage 10 8.5
Tackling 6 4
Run Stopping 6 4
Hips/Lateral Movement 8 7
Physicality 6 5



Explanation of Player Grading System


Strengths

Outstanding man coverage skills. Does a very nice job anticipating routes, showing good instincts for a cover corner. Better in man coverage than zone, but can play both. Comfortable on film playing press and off-man coverage. Fluid hips. Stays low in back pedal and doesn’t lose speed when turning and running. Good body control and balance. Quick feet. Closes on the ball carrier well and not afraid of contact. Very good ball skills and displays good hands when given the opportunity. Physical with the receiver in press coverage and isn’t afraid to fight for the ball and/or position. Adequate height/weight. Three year starter with no injury history. Added bonus as a special teams player.

Weaknesses

Not aggressive in run support and is only an average tackler. Has trouble getting off blockers. Doesn’t possess ideal speed. Can get over aggressive in coverage and will sometimes gamble.

Analysis

Jackson might be the best corner no one is talking about in this year’s draft. Very solid from top to bottom. Man coverage skills are among the best in this class. Smart player that was a part of a difficult defense to learn. Should be able to start for an NFL team from day one. Isn’t getting the attention he deserves because teams just didn’t throw his way as often during his sophomore and junior seasons. Could have potentially been the top ranked CB if he stayed for his senior season.

Experience

Three year starter at Alabama.

Awards and Honors

2009: n/a
2008: n/a
2007: 2nd team Freshman All-American.

Academics

Unknown major at Alabama.

Injuries

No history of injuries.


Career Stats
Year Tack Solo Asst Sack FF Int TD
2009 49 30 19 0 0 1 0
2008 41 26 15 0 0 1 0
2007 66 46 20 0 1 3 0






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Will Spencer

Will is the founder and President of Draft Breakdown & has been scouting draft prospects since 2002. His work has been featured in numerous publications, including the USA Today Draft Preview Magazine, the official website of the Baltimore Ravens, Ravens Insider and The Orange and Brown Report. Will has previous playing experience as a defensive end in the AFA, is currently a member of the Football Writers Association of America and graduated from the SMWW Football Scouting course in 2009. See all posts by Will Spencer.