Draft Dossier: Kareem Jackson

Kareem Jackson: Cornerback, Junior – Alabama

Height/Weight: 5’10″, 196

Career stats: 41 games played, 159 tackles, 5 INT, 29 PDs

40-time: 4.48

Jackson is creeping up draft boards in recent weeks and could sneak into the first round. He’s a tremendous athlete with good size and speed. Can anticipate routes and closes on the ball quickly. Is experienced in both man and zone schemes. Has the strength to jam receivers at the line. Possesses supreme confidence and plays with an edge. Will attack the run game, but is an inconsistent and lazy tackler at times. Surgically repaired shoulder is a concern. Should be there at #24.

Best attribute: Excelled in a complex defensive scheme.

Weaknesses: Over-aggressive and sloppy tackling technique.

Reminds me of: Mike Jenkins, Cowboys. Jenkins backs up his cocky, aggressive style by playing smart, physical football. He’s one of the best young corners in the league and a future Pro Bowler.

Why he should be an Eagle: Jackson can switch from bump and run to off coverage with ease. Comes from Nick Saban’s pro style defense. If any cornerback can quickly transition to Sean McDermott’s scheme, it’s Jackson. The more game footage I watch and read about him, the more I think he might be the best fit to replace Sheldon Brown.

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Topics: 2010 NFL Draft, Alabama, Kareem Jackson

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