Draft Profile: Kareem Jackson

NAME – Kareem Jackson

Position – Cornerback.

College – Alabama.

Status – Junior.

Size/Weight – 5-10½, 196 pounds.

Important numbers – 4.4 seconds in 40-yard dash, 13 reps on bench press, 37.5-inch vertical jump, 9-feet 10-inch broad jump.

Age – 22.

College career – A three-year starter at cornerback in the Alabama defense, he improved from season to season, even though he never achieved All-SEC status in any of his three seasons. Jackson was an active tackler in the Tide defense with 159 total tackles in 41 games, but he did not have a lot of interceptions, finishing with five.

Stats of note – 41 games/39 starts … 159 total tackles, 8 tackles for loss … 5 IINTs, 29 passes broken up, 1 forced fumble, 1 recovered fumble … 2 blocked kicks.

STRENGTHS – Physical and aggressive corner, he can play man or zone quite well … generally very good instincts and awareness … will support the run and is a good tackler … quick feet allows him to make up for a lack of top end speed … playing in Nick Saban defense, gives him a step up in NFL over other college CBs.

WEAKNESSES – over aggressive at times and puts himself in bad positions on double moves and quick comebacks … his lack of speed hurts him against speedy receivers … has trouble staying up with shifty quick receivers as well … does not shed blockers well in run support .

THE RIGHT 53? – Jackson is not afraid to work hard both mentally and physically and he puts in time looking at a lot of opponent’s tape. No character concerns have popped up with the young man.

What he said – “I want to get better at everything I do; as far as my game [and] my technique. But I think my physicality will help me a whole lot, at the line of scrimmage. We played a lot of press-man [coverage].”

End game – If he was a step faster, Jackson would have the resume to be a top five selection. More than likely he will be selected in the bottom half of the first round or early in the second. Should a run on cornerbacks start, Jackson’s draft slot will be higher.

ON THE CHIEFS LIST? – Surely he must be part of the Chiefs draft board, but not a priority. No team can have enough good cornerbacks, but it’s not one of the team’s major positions of need.

4 Responses to “Draft Profile: Kareem Jackson”

  • April 19, 2010  - boomer1110 says:

    I wouldn’t call a 4.4. 40 “lack of speed.” Maybe lack of quickness or lack of recognizing what the receivers are setting him up for…but 4.4 is pretty fast imho…

  • April 19, 2010  - boomer1110 says:

    These draft profiles are really well done and have been very helpful in realizing how much talent is out there. Thanks Bob!

  • April 20, 2010  - Danny W says:

    I wonder if he drops to us in the second if we wouldn’t be able to get plenty of picks in compensation for this guy. Same with Taylor Mays who may fall to there. IMO he needs switched to an OLB in the 3-4 scheme. Tell me a guy with 4.2 speed couldn’t beat a big R.T. and get to passer.

  • April 20, 2010  - True Red & Gold says:

    Both Mays and Kareem will be gone before the 2nd rd.

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