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  • Bama CB Kareem Jackson to enter draft

    The last notable undecided player on declaration day has decided to enter the NFL draft.

    From ESPN:

    Jackson declares for draft
    By Joe Schad

    Alabama cornerback Kareem Jackson said Friday he will enter the NFL draft.

    "My thing going into the year was do everything possible to put myself in this position," Jackson said. "I am confident in my decision. I'm looking forward to getting the work and looking forward to the NFL."

    Jackson, 5-foot-11, 195 pounds, was told he could be a second-round pick.

    "With some hard work and if I run a good 40-yard dash I could go a little higher," Jackson said. "I think playing for Coach [Nick] Saban will help a lot because we run a pro-style defense. He taught me how to work hard and have a good work ethic."


    This is one player's 40-time that will be closely watched at the Combine next month. More than just 40 yd. dash footspeed, Jackson has consistently displayed that intangible FB speed. I recall twice he chased down balllcarriers from behind to save the TD for Saban's national championship Alabama defense, once catching & tackling Dexter McCluster after chasing him for about 60 yds. in the 08 Ole Miss game.

    Jackson is a better than avg. cover corner, a pure corner (vs. FS or nickelback) & a sure tackler IMO, & was the 2nd fastest player on the Tide team after Javier Arenas. If he goes int eh 2nd as expected he could be an impact rookie who can start & contribute his 1st yr. in the NFL for some team looking to improve pass defense.

  • #2
    IMO, he's the second best corner in this draft.

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    • #3
      Yeah, I really like Jackson. He was more impressive than Javier Arenas to me.

      I think he's at worst a late 2nd.
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      • #4
        Right now, I have Kareem Jackson as my #2 CB and #31 in the draft. A player that can do it all and possesses an NFL skil-set. He probably doesn't have star potential, but he'd be a great #2 corner anywhere. Glad he entered.

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        • #5
          I currently have him as the 5th ranked CB behind Haden, Robinson, Ghee and Lindley.

          I think with a good combine, he could jump Ghee and Lindley.
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          • #6
            I'd wouldn't say he is the last notable player. Unless you have heard something on Ryan Broyles, Michael Morgan, Travis Lewis, Chykie Brown, Sam Acho, Graig Cooper, and Chris Walker.

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            • #7
              Right now, he is the second best corner in the draft.

              He's extremely physical and really has underrated athleticism.

              I think a player like Pat Robinson or Donovan Warren can overcome him by April, but it's Jackson's competition to lose.

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              • #8
                I'd have Haden, Robinson and Kyle Wilson at the top.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by JFLO View Post
                  Right now, he is the second best corner in the draft.

                  He's extremely physical and really has underrated athleticism.

                  I think a player like Pat Robinson or Donovan Warren can overcome him by April, but it's Jackson's competition to lose.
                  I understand how Pat Robinson could pass him: a good Senior Bowl and then he puts on a show at the NFL Combine. Still, Warren will not get that opportunity (Senior Bowl) and should test very similarly to Jackson I would imagine. I'm honestly just wondering what you think Donovan Warren could do to pass Kareem Jackson? I agree that he could go higher in April, I'm just interested to see what you think would have to happen between Jackson and Warren's offseason to warrant that.

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                  • #10
                    Good news for everybody here. He's going to outstanding at the next level. If he tears it up at the combine, I predict late 1st round, a meh combine and he's still no later than late 2nd, and a steal.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by ThePudge View Post
                      I understand how Pat Robinson could pass him: a good Senior Bowl and then he puts on a show at the NFL Combine. Still, Warren will not get that opportunity (Senior Bowl) and should test very similarly to Jackson I would imagine. I'm honestly just wondering what you think Donovan Warren could do to pass Kareem Jackson? I agree that he could go higher in April, I'm just interested to see what you think would have to happen between Jackson and Warren's offseason to warrant that.
                      Both Jackson and Warren are still raw in terms of understanding coverage and both will struggle early on in keeping up with some of the faster, more sound receivers in the league.

                      I wouldn't be surprised to see Warren post a better 40 time in Indianapolis and do better in drills.

                      Warren is a fantastic cornerback and I don't think he gets nearly the amount of attention he deserves because he played in Ann Arbor for two years, two of the worst years of Michigan's history, at least recent history.

                      He's an excellent cover guy and I think he'll transition very well at the next level.

                      Jackson is a better run supporter and he stand out more physically than Donovan probably ever will.

                      Just from a drills standpoint in Indy, that's the aspect where Warren, IMO, could pass Jackson as the second best corner in the class.

                      In terms of Patrick Robinson, he really displayed his closing speed during the latter part of the season for the Seminoles. He still shows signs of struggling against bigger targets and sometimes will get handled to easily, but he's very sound and is probably one of the most technical corners in the class.

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                      • #12
                        YES! Another option for the Cowboys in Round 2.

                        Better yet.. maybe he'll push Perrish Cox down!!! Woo!!!

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                        • #13
                          I'm interested to see what Jackson runs at the combine. Also don't sleep on Perrish Cox shut down Jordan Shipley and A.J. Green this year.

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                          • #14
                            is there anyone who prepares cornerbacks for the NFL better than Saban?

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                            • #15
                              Late 2nd-early-mid 3rd.

                              Has the deadline passed?

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