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Jackson is undersized. He gets outmuscled for the ball too often. This never more evident than the game-winning touchdown in the bowl loss to Notre Dame. Jackson also gets too grabby. He was flagged three times for pass interference against Mississippi in the 2016 game. There are also numerous other occasions that would draw an illegal contact flag in an NFL game.
110 tackles, 4 interceptions, 19 PBU, 1 FF
Today we look at one of the fastest prospects in the 2018 NFL Draft. Donte Jackson was a four-star recruit from Riverdale HS in Jefferson, LA. He played in every game as a true freshman before starting eleven games as a sophomore. Against Jacksonville State, Jackson had two interceptions and a defensive TD. He started all 13 games this past year, including a nice tackle performance against Florida. Jackson doubled as a track star for the Tigers. He was part of the SEC Champions 4x100 relay team as the lead leg and ran a blazing 10.22 seconds in the 100-meter dash.
2016: Mississippi, Mississippi State
2017: Troy, Florida, Notre Dame (Bowl)
Jackson has world-class speed. He ran a 4.32 forty at the Combine. This is clearly evident on the field. If he gets beat, he makes up the ground swiftly. Jackson has nice instincts and field awareness. He diagnoses plays quickly. Jackson has nice ball skills. He is a versatile defender. He lined up at all four corner spots for the Bayou Bengals. He has some return ability.
Donte Jackson is a speed demon. There is no disputing this. The problem with him is he has to overcompensate for his lack of size by trying to get overly physical and it gets him in trouble. At the NFL level, he would be at his best if left to operate as an off-man corner or as a slot nickel. His cover skills scream to me fifth-round pick but with all of his athletic ability, I feel he will land in the 3rd-4th round area.