Photo of Bennett Jackson
Drafted By: Giants

Combine Results

Grade
5.24 ?
  • 4.51 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 13 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 38.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 128.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 6.75 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.00 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

"Jackson came to Notre Dame as a wide receiver. He played so well on special teams that they moved him to the other side of the ball. He has a chance to be a long corner. Initially he will compete on special teams." -- Mike Mayock

  • 6'0" Height
  • 31 3/8" Arm Length
  • 195LBS. Weight
  • 9 1/4" Hands

Overview

Receiver-defensive back who also competed in sprints and hurdles as a New Jersey prep. Arrived at Notre Dame as a wide receiver in 2010 and saw action in 13 games as a true freshman. Returned 29 kickoffs for 645 yards (22.2-yard average). Also recorded 10 special-teams tackles. In 2011, was primarily used on special teams as he made the conversion from wide receiver to cornerback, appearing in 13 games. Had 18 tackles, including seven on special teams, and returned three kickoffs for 32 yards (10.7). Ran the 60-meter high hurdles for the Notre Dame track team during the 2012 indoor season. In the fall, he moved into a full-time role in the secondary, starting 13 games at cornerback and tallying 65 tackles, four pass breakups and four interceptions with 1.5 tackles for loss. Played all year with a torn right labrum, which required off-season surgery. Started all 13 games in 2013 and registered 64 tackles, three pass breakups and two INTs with five tackles for loss and one forced fumble. Scored his first touchdown for the Irish on a 34-yard interception return against Purdue. Team captain.

Analysis

Strengths

Intriguing height and athletic ability. A former WR, he has good hands to intercept. Demonstrated explosion and lateral agility at the combine, recording impressive marks in the vertical jump (38 inches), broad jump (10 feet, 8 inches) and 20-yard shuttle (4.00 seconds). Tough and durable. Has special-teams experience. Has leadership traits and solid football and personal character.

Weaknesses

Could stand to bulk up and get stronger. Weak jam to hem and reroute. Still honing technique and instincts as a cornerback. Tends to react instead of anticipating. Choppy transition. Allows too much separation too often. Leaky tackler. Ordinary production on the ball.

Draft Projection

Rounds 4-5

Bottom Line

Looks the part and has developmental value given his athleticism and desirable makeup, but did not take a significant step forward as a senior. Has traits to contribute initially on special teams while he works on becoming a more well-rounded cornerback.
-Nolan Nawrocki
C
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.

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