Bennett Jackson – Cornerback
Jackson is a 2-year starter at corner. He was recruited as a wide receiver but switched over to defense his sophomore year because of his aggressive play on special teams as a true freshman. Jackson has excellent corner size at just over 5-11 and 190. He was a top hurdler in high school and shows good play speed. I would estimate his speed at 4.5.
In 2012, Notre Dame played a lot of zone coverage because of the inexperience of the secondary. This year with 3 starters back the Irish are mixing in a lot more man coverage. Jackson is consistent in both man and zone. He has a quick pedal, a good turn and a good burst coming out of the turn. He can also transition quickly. He shows a good jam while in press man and keeps good position in off man with good mirror skills. In zone he is aware, shows range and plays the ball well. He can be aggressive in run support and is an explosive tackler. He has done return work in the past but I don’t see him as an NFL returner. On the negative side, Jackson has had 2 shoulder procedures, the last one coming right after last year’s National Championship game. Right now I see Jackson as a mid-round prospect but with a strong year and a good Combine, I can see him moving up the charts. This will be an interesting guy to track this season.