Three-year starter who moved from cornerback to safety before the 2015 season. Named Second Team All-SEC in 2016 despite suffering a season-ending broken leg that limited him to eight games. Made 24 tackles with one interception and two pass breakups. Earned First Team All-SEC honors in 2015, posting 46 tackles and an SEC-best six interceptions, two of which were returned for touchdowns. Started 10 games as a sophomore despite tearing his ACL in spring practice, making 41 tackles with one interception, two forced fumbles and six pass breakups.
One-time highly rated safety coming off injury. Instinctive, does not make mental errors on the field and keeps the action in front of him. Works well with cornerbacks, displays range and has a burst to the action. Locates the ball in the air, takes good angles to the play and shows explosiveness. Quick up the field defending the run and brings down ball carriers at the point of attack.
Average lateral speed and late getting to the spot. Lacks a great closing burst. Average size. Coming off a knee injury.
Jackson was justifiably graded as a late-Day 2 pick entering the season, but his injury will knock him down draft boards. Once back to health he offers possibilities as a zone safety in nickel or dime packages.