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2017 NFL Draft Profile: Cornerback Adoree Jackson

Nov 26, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Southern California Trojans defensive back Adoree Jackson (2) celebrates during a NCAA football game against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 26, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Southern California Trojans defensive back Adoree Jackson (2) celebrates during a NCAA football game against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
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In this 2017 NFL Draft profile, we break down the strengths, weaknesses, and video highlights for cornerback Adoree Jackson out of USC.

Cornerback Adoree Jackson isn’t getting a lot of love in the 2017 NFL Draft.  Walter Football has him ranked fifth on their cornerback list, Sports Illustrated has him ranked ninth, and CBS doesn’t even have him in the top 10 ranking him 11th.

When you finish your college career with a season with five interceptions, you’d think that would get you noticed.  He also returned kicks and punts.  He finished with career averages of 27.1 yards on kickoff returns and 12.6 yards on punt returns.  In addition, he returns 4 kickoffs and 4 punts for touchdowns.

STRENGTHS

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He has shown great improvement, from recognizing patterns to feeling the receiver in covering.  Jackson can play in press man, off the ball man, and zone coverage.  He has good football instincts, knowing when to play the ball or go for the interception.  He’s a good tackler.  He has return skills that make him an early round candidate.

WEAKNESSES

His size (5’10) and length (31 3/8” arms) are an issue for some.  He lacks some strength when needed against the run, which makes him vulnerable against three wide receiver sets.  Jackson allowed receivers to get to the middle of the field when he was on an island, and he allowed speed receivers to get in his head.

VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS

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Jackson is a good cover corner, and, according to NFL.com, has one AFC scout enamored:

“I didn’t expect him to have the year he did in coverage. I saw ball skills and coverage ability that I didn’t see last year. Those interceptions and return touchdowns will push him into the early second. That’s my guess.” — South area scout for AFC team

He’s not getting the love, but he will be a steal for someone, especially if he goes early in the second round.

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