While he hasn’t quite made the unofficial top ten list of defensive backs that NFL scouts will be watching in 2015, University of Houston senior cornerback William Jackson is generating some serious interest.
According to NFL Media Draft Analyst Lance Zierlein of NFL.com, scouts from the next level are “very intrigued by this senior’s length and athleticism as a pure cover corner.” Zierlein goes on to say, “Jackson has very fluid hips and allowed just 39.4 percent of his targets to be completed.”
As far as the downside to Jackson’s game, Zierlein says he needs to improve his tackling, since teams were prone to isolate him with “screen and running plays his way because of his poor angles and finishing ability.”
Now call me crazy, but I seem to recall a guy named Deion Sanders making a pretty good living as a cover corner in the NFL, and he couldn’t tackle air. Not saying Jackson is in Prime Time’s class just yet, but a good shutdown corner can make a pretty big impact on a game without ever getting his uniform dirty.
But if Jackson does improve his tackling skills this season, it’s a good bet he’ll join names like Florida’s Vernon Hargreaves III and LSU’s Tre’Davious White near the top of the list of DB’s that NFL scouts will be drooling over come draft time next year.
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