Three-year starter who doubled as a long jumper and sprinter on USC’s track team. Named Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year and First Team All-American in 2016 after making 55 tackles with five interceptions, 11 pass breakups, four return touchdowns and a receiving score. First Team All-Pac-12 as a defensive back and Second Team All-Pac-12 as a returner in 2015 with two punt return scores and two receiving TDs along with 35 tackles and an interception. Made 49 tackles (four loss) with two receiving touchdowns and two kick return TDs as a freshman in 2014. Started games at safety and wide receiver in addition to cornerback.
Explosive college athlete with the ability to impact games at a variety of positions. Tough, engages receivers at the line of scrimmage and quickly flips his hips, losing nothing in transition. Fast, easily runs downfield with receivers and possesses the speed to recover. Stays with opponents across the field, dives around the field working to defend the throw and plays with tremendous explosion. Stays on the receiver’s hip out of breaks and has a burst to the action. Physical, voluntarily defends the run and wraps up tackling. Previously displayed himself as a solid pass catcher at receiver with the ability to adjust to the errant throw and make the reception in stride. Fast and picks up big yardage running after the catch. Game-breaking return specialist.
Shows indecision in his game and is often slow to react. Both small and larger receivers will pose a mismatch problem. Very quick out of his backpedal.
Jackson is an outstanding athlete who progressed at the cornerback position last season and comes with the upside necessary to develop into a starter. Height is a limiting factor, but he offers ability to lineup on the flanks as a wideout and over the slot receiver on defense as well as returning punts and kicks.