2017 NFL Draft Scouting Report: CB/KR Adoree’ Jackson, USC

Versatility is a precious tool in today’s game of football. When it comes to USC cornerback Adoree’ Jackson, the athlete defines the term precisely. During his time in Los Angeles, Jackson saw considerable time at corner, kick returner, punt returner, running back, and wide receiver. Viewing Jackson’s film, it is easy to see why eyes are on the 5’11 dynamo when he steps on the film and/or the ball is in his hands.

Jackson now has his eyes set on the NFL Across the NFL scene, Jackson is viewed as a talented athlete that can inject athleticism regardless where his presence is placed. Did I mention he was an All-American in track this past season with 10.38 seconds in 100 meter relay? Just goes to show how dangerous Jackson can be. It’s time to dive into the latest scouting report on the former USC Trojan.

Profile:

Adoree’ Jackson 

Height: 5’11  

Weight: 185 

Position: Cornerback, Kick Returner, Punt Returner 

Games Watched: 2016 vs. Alabama, 2016 vs. Stanford, 2016 vs. Washington, 2016 vs. Notre Dame 

Strengths:

  • 2014 Freshman All-American, Pac-12 Defensive Rookie of the Year, 2016 Jim Thorpe Award winner, 2016 first team All-American, first team All-Pac-12
  • 2016 season: 55 tackles, five INTs, 11 pass deflections, 767 kick return yards, two TDs, 315 punt return yards, two TDs
  • 28 career pass deflections in three total seasons
  • Scored in three different varieties vs. Notre Dame this season: 55-yard punt return, 52-yard touchdown catch, 97-yard kickoff return
  • Fluid backpedal; very little wasted motion
  • Top-notch ball skills; attacks the ball while in the air
  • Big play ability in the return game; able to read and anticipate return lanes impressively
  • Improvement in run support; willing to come up and make a play on ball carriers
  • Improvement in route recognition
  • Possesses elite speed to catch ball carriers for touchdown-saving tackles

Weaknesses:

  • Overall technique is raw
  • Does not possess the frame to be a boundary corner on a consistent basis; likely to play slot duty in the NFL
  • Not reliable in the shedding blocks
  • Size makes him a liability against bigger receivers in space
  • Tends to not play the ball at times by not getting his head around in coverage

Conclusion: Jackson is definitely in the category of best athlete in the entire 2017 Draft. He is a clear-cut versatile prospect and can offer a nice arsenal for a team. Jackson will likely see considerable amount of time early in the return game. Which on the other hand will benefit his overall skill set as he needs time to develop as a corner. What was also noticeable about Jackson is that he gave up a number of big plays. Enough to make secondary coaches a little cautious to field him early on his career. Jackson has the athleticism to be a valuable asset to whoever drafts him. His flaws are coachable at this point. A round two range fits his draft stock and what he brings to the table overall. Jackson has potential to develop into a quality starter over time.

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