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Janzen Jackson scouting report

Janzen Jackson S McNeese State #12
Ht: 6’0″

Wt: 188

Impressive natural athlete. Great body control; can go up in traffic and make some acrobatic plays on the ball. Good hands for a defensive back; will come down with the interception when he’s in position. Hard hitter who can knock the ball loose. Has some experience at cornerback; very fluid in coverage for a safety; has the smooth athleticism necessary to stay with receivers. Strong leaping ability allows him to hold his own against taller receivers/tight ends in jump-ball situations.
Originally played at Tennessee; suspended in 2009 for violation of team rules. Left team briefly in 2011 but was later dismissed from team shortly before 2011 season began. Reportedly had “substance abuse” issues at Tennessee, but very little has been officially reported about his situation at Tennesse. Below average size and strength. Misses a lot of tackles; does not wrap guys up and loves to go for the big hit instead. Will be a liability in run support at the next level.
It’s tough to grade Jackson without knowing the details behind his dismissal from Tennessee, which is something that NFL teams will be asking him about during interviews. In terms of his raw talent, he’s an intriguing prospect who could be an asset as a center fielder-type free safety. He lacks the speed to play corner, but he has the basic coverage skills and ball skills to excel in coverage as a free safety.
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