Adoree’ Jackson, CB and Football Player
School: USC | Conference: PAC-12
College Experience: Junior | Age: 21
Height / Weight: 5-11 / 185 lbs
Projected Draft Status: 2nd or 3rd Round
NFL Comparison: Tyreek Hill meets Tramon Williams
Adoree’ Jackson is by far the most versatile player in this draft class. The Thorpe award winner is no doubt raw in his technique but what he lacks in his technique and fundamentals he no doubt nearly compensates for with pure talent and athleticism. Jackson is a swiss army knife and is a threat to score from anywhere on the field. Jackson can hurt you as a receiver with his speed and natural hands. He can hurt you as a corner baiting the QB to throw a pass he shouldn't. He can most definitely cause damage as a punt and kick returner. Jackson is just a tremendous athlete with the innate ability to make plays when the ball is in his hands. The most difficult part of his evaluation is whether or not you think his max potential is at the WR or CB position. Which position can he develop most at? That will be the question scouts ask themselves when trying to label Jackson. No matter the label or position though get Jackson on the field and get him around the ball and good things will happen.
- Elite athleticism. Has the fluidity and recover speed and acceleration to compensate partially from his technique mistakes.
- Robust and versatile, teams will have the option to play him on offense, defense, and special teams.
- Terrific vision, instincts, and innate ability to find the ball in the air. Generally, understands and feels space around him and can recognize opponents routes.
- Despite his size, he plays with the desired level of physicality and is a surprisingly consistent tackler.
- Natural hands and excellent ball skills which makes him a threat on offense and defense.
- Less that ideal size to remain on the outside as a boundary corner in the NFL. He’s a prime candidate to take over slot duties.
- Raw in his fundamentals and technique as both a receiver and a corner. He is going to need a lot of work with position coaches.
- Can be engulfed by larger blockers when playing the run.
Let’s see his work:
Finished my film eval for USC CB Adoree' Jackson & he had a great season in coverage! Fluidity, ball skills, speed & sticky down the field.— Joe Marino (@TheJoeMarino) February 25, 2017
Adoree Jackson: Incredible athlete, okay CB. Elite long & recovery speed. Has technique breakdowns & gives up huge plays to NFL-caliber WRs.— Jordan Plocher (@PFF_Jordan) February 6, 2017
This is CB Adoree' Jackson playing WR... pic.twitter.com/iiXUGzc9B2— Marcus Mosher (@Marcus_Mosher) January 27, 2017
"No denying his athletic ability. Will need a good amount of coaching on technique, 2nd round" - AFC scout text on Adoree Jackson— Jared Tokarz (@NFLDraftInsider) January 22, 2017
Watching USC and Adoree Jackson isn't even the best eligible prospect in his own secondary. That'd be Leon McQuay III.— Justen Gammel (@gamscout) January 22, 2017
DJ has Deshaun Watson ranked as his 32nd best prospect. Adoree Jackson is 37th. https://t.co/pUCYnKDCjw— Lindsay Rhodes (@lindsay_rhodes) January 17, 2017
Digging through my regular season archive.. this is why I think John Ross III anytime I see Adoree Jackson's name. pic.twitter.com/3vwzgqqy8o— Michael Kist (@MichaelJKist) February 2, 2017
How He Would Fit On The Redskins
Not completely unlike Su’a Cravens, USC has arguably been getting the most out of their athletically talented and most versatile players. Adoree’ Jackson is an example of that personified. Personally, I think his position in the NFL is at slot corner but that does not preclude him or teams from using his talents on special teams and on offense if they need to. That's what makes Jackson so fun to watch, you aren't exactly sure how he might hurt you but you know if he’s on the field he has a shot to do that. Despite his raw technique and fundamentals, Jackson has a chance to contribute immediately to a team as a returner. Honestly, you could probably toss him out there at slot corner and watch him develop with the help of his team's defensive staff and gained experience. You could use Jackson as a decoy out of the backfield or lined up as a receiver if the defense doesn’t take the bait you can actually throw to him.
Jackson no doubt will appeal to a lot of teams looking for help in all three phases of the game. The Redskins need help and can always get better across the board. I hope no matter where he goes but if he winds up in Washington his talents will be used and maximized. His talents are one of a kind in this draft class and I would not be surprised that when he blows the combine away he becomes a big riser come late April.