Kareem Jackson, DB
- Height: 5-foot-11
- Weight: 192 pounds
- School: Alabama
Alabama coach Nick Saban advised Jackson to return for one more season after the junior helped the Crimson Tide win the national championship, but Jackson may be glad he left as his stock has risen to the point where he may be a first-round selection. Boasts an uncommon blend of size and speed, showing the latter by running one of the top 40-yard dash times at the NFL combine and perhaps changing his coach's mind. "I think that Kareem has helped himself a lot, by the way he's worked out, the time that he ran at the combine," Saban said. "If there was a question about him as a player, it was probably, 'What's his flat speed?'" Jackson had already exhibited elite coverage skills as a key cog in a defense that ranked second in the nation in total defense. Opponents completed 46.8 percent of their passes - lowest in the country. While he didn't attract as much attention as teammate and fellow cornerback Javier Arenas, in part because he grabbed only five interceptions during his college career, Jackson will likely get drafted before Arenas because of his consistent play in three seasons as a starter. He totaled 29 pass break-ups and perhaps distinguished himself most in press coverage, showing good toughness, impressive instincts and an uncommonly high football IQ. Jackson may have become a bit more polished with one more season at Alabama, but he is a top athlete who should be able to help an NFL team quickly.
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