Alabama Cornerback Kareem Jackson

Kareem Jackson: Alabama, DB, 5-11, 192

Jackson isn't compact or balanced in his drop when asked to play up close to the line of scrimmage. He has a tendency to get too overextended in his base and struggles keeping his feet under him when asked to open his hips and run. He lacks a great first step out of his transition and will allow receivers to get behind him vertically. He isn't overly physical when asked to press off the line and likes to get his hands on receivers downfield but isn't a guy who will consistently reroute off the line. Jackson showcases good closing speed in coverage once he gets his feet under him and consistently is able to make plays on the ball. He possesses impressive awareness in both man/zone coverage and has the ability to quickly get his head around and find the ball.

He's a coordinated athlete who possesses the body control to quickly adjust to throws. Jackson isn't consistently technically sound but finds a way to break on the pass. He displays a willingness to help out in the run game, reads his run/pass keys quickly and takes good angles in pursuit. He isn't overly physical on contact but is a solid wrap-up guy who can tackle in space. Overall, Jackson is a raw corner and needs to improve his footwork. But he's a coordinated athlete who does a nice job locating/adjusting to the ball and has the closing speed in space to make plays in man/zone coverage. He needs some time but is a guy who should be able to start for an NFL team.

Grade: 6.4

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