Scouting Report: Kareem Jackson
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Defensive Back Specific Categories
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.
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.
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.
Three year starter at Alabama.
Awards and Honors
2007: 2nd team Freshman All-American.
Unknown major at Alabama.
No history of injuries.
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