Donte Jackson Draft Profile

Donte Jackson draft profile

Strengths:

  • Elite athleticism
  • Loose and fluid with super-twitch
  • Could be the fastest player in this year’s draft
  • Make-up speed
  • Closing burst increases ball production
  • Plus body control to handle tight or off coverage
  • Smooth backpedal with very little wasted motion in transitions
  • Has ability to bait quarterbacks into interceptions
  • Learned under former LSU defensive backs Jalen Mills, Jamal Adams and Tre’Davious White

Analysis: Donte Jackson is an undersized cornerback with blazing speed and athleticism. He could be the fastest player in the entire draft and NFL teams love speed. That speed allows Jackson to take chances on receivers routes early, because he has the makeup speed necessary to keep up with even the fastest wideouts. He has a smooth backpedal that allows him to plant-n-go to close on the ball quickly. His speed also allows him to bait QB’s into interceptions or batted passes. QB’s believe they have an open receiver only for Jackson to blaze his way into the play. LSU consistently brings elite defensive backs into the NFL every year, and Jackson is no different. He has learned under some of the best (Jalen Mills, Tre’Davious White and Jamal Adams). Body control is a plus.

Weaknesses:

  • Tiny, thin frame
  • Lacks desired frame to matchup with NFL size and support the run
  • Thrown off-balance by clever route runners
  • Can’t catch a cold
  • Ankle-biter as tackler who can get trucked if he tackles too high
  • Little route anticipation
  • Instincts are below average

Analysis: Donte Jackson is listed at 175 pounds, but I believe that is a generous weight. He has a thin frame that could use to add more weight/muscle. He can get thrown off his spot by physical receivers. He was a solid press corner at LSU, but scouts question how that physicality with transition to the NFL. His hands leave a lot to be desired and he has dropped his fair share on interceptions during his LSU career. Instincts are below average, relying too much on his speed to put him in the position to make a play. Jackson does not run away from contact, but he doesn’t offer much in terms of run support. He is like a little nippy dog when attempting to tackle, going right for the ankles. If he goes up high, he can get trucked like a backup in Madden 18. Angles of pursuit need work.

Size: 5’11 175lbs

Draft Grade: 4th round

NFL Comparison: Artie Burns

Draft Projection: Round 3

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