A great man once said, “America is all about speed. Hot, nasty, badass speed.” Pretty true statement, and certainly a quality you should be looking for when analyzing the next young batch of NFL ready cornerbacks. Standing at 5’11 and weighing in around 175 pounds, LSU’s Donte Jackson won’t embody the physically intimidating presence of recent studs like Jalen Ramsey, but for what he lacks in size he more than compensates for with blazing speed and versatility.
Jackson recorded 49 tackles, deflected 10 passes and recorded 1 INT in 2017. His coaches and teammates at LSU compare him to Tyrann Mathieu due to his knack for making big plays and his ability to man different positions when needed. (At times he took snaps at nickel and even safety). Running a wildly impressive 6.63 60-meter dash and with a personal 40-yard dash goal in the low 4.2s for the upcoming combine, Jackson may have been the fastest player in college football this past season and could easily position himself in the upper echelon of speedsters in the NFL as soon as his number is called in April.
Any NFL team looking for someone they can rely on lining up against the Brandon Cooks of the league next year will take a long look at Jackson. Many have him pegged as a late day one selection, however he could slip due to worries over lack of discipline. Regardless, he won’t slip far. See above quote.
Connor Green - @dsconnorgreen