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Kareem Jackson (CB)
  • Height:
    5'10"
  • Weight:
    196 lbs.
  • Arm Length:
    30 in.
  • Hand Size:
    9 1/8 in.
  • College:
    Alabama
  • Conference:
    SEC
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Selected by: Houston Texans
Round: 1
Pick (Overall): 20 (20)
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Pick Analysis: The Texans surprisingly take Kareem Jackson over Kyle Wilson as their franchise cornerback. The former Alabama standout has been flying up the charts in recent weeks, and his versatile skill set is a nice fit in the Texans' scheme. While the argument will be made that Wilson is more talented than Jackson, it is hard to argue against taking a solid player well groomed in a pro-style defensive system.

Overview

Jackson has an excellent combination of size and athleticism for the position. He is a very confident defender that will play tight to his opponent in both man and zone coverage schemes. Jackson shows great foot quickness burst and speed to stay with top receivers. He is an instinctive player that is quick to anticipate and jump routes as plays unfold. He is a competitive player but is inconsistent to as a run support defender. Jackson needs to rap up ball carriers better on the perimeter as well as corralling receivers in the open field. Kareem Jackson is an excellent football player that won’t last long on the first day of the 2010 draft if his shoulder checks out.


Strengths

Jackson possesses tremendous size for a corner and great athleticism. Has been a highly-productive player in a complex college scheme. Is a really instinctive performer against the run and pass. Has the aggressiveness and confidence we love to see in CBs and does a great job in man and zone coverage. Has the ball skills to make big plays.

Weaknesses

Durability (past shoulder surgeries) is the main area of concern with Jackson. He can be an inconsistent tackler both in run support when against receivers in the open field. Jackson takes too many chances at times and can be beaten for the big play.

Grade

8.3

 

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  • Texans take Jackson

    Published: April 22, 2010 at 09:48 p.m.

    The Texans select Alabama CB Kareem Jackson with the 20th pick in the 2010 NFL Draft.

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