Donte Jackson

LSU
CB

Prospect Info

College
LSU
Hometown
Class
Metairie, LA
Junior
Height
Weight
Arms
5' 11"
178 lbs
29 1/2”
Hands
8 3/4”

Prospect Grade

5.83
Chance to Become NFL Starter
How We Grade

2018 Draft Results

Drafted by
Carolina
Panthers
Round 2 ‧ Pick 23
40 Yard Dash
4.32
Seconds
Bench Press
7
Reps
Vertical Jump
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Broad Jump
124.0
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3 Cone Drill
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Jackson has translated his exceptional speed into a successful collegiate career in track and football. He won state high school titles in the 100 and 200 meters, and joined the Tigers' track squad to race in the 60 and 100-meters and win conference titles in the 4x100 relay. Jackson's play on the football field is what really intrigues scouts. He played in all 12 games, starting once, as a true freshman (26 tackles, one interception, two pass breakups). Jackson started 11 of 12 games in 2016, intercepting two passes, breaking up six others, and being credited with 39 tackles. SEC coaches voted him second-team all-conference in 2017, as he started 12 of 13 games played, posting 49 stops, 3.5 for loss, an interception, and 10 pass breakups.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Round 2
NFL Comparison
Leodis McKelvin
Overview
Cover corner with below-average size, but elite speed and athleticism. Jackson lacks instincts but has rare closing burst so there will be feast-or-famine games in his future. Due to his slight frame, teams are sure to test his resolve and durability in run support. Jackson's athletic traits should ensure that he makes plenty of plays on the ball, but he'll need to develop better route recognition and focus in order to reach his full potential. Jackson should find early work as a third cornerback.
Strengths
  • Brings elite athleticism and speed to the field each game
  • May be the fastest player in this year's draft
  • All the make-up speed you need
  • Loose and fluid with super-twitch
  • Smooth backpedal with very little wasted motion in transitions
  • Plus body control to handle tight or off coverage
  • Electric in click and close to the football
  • Closing burst increases ball production
  • Has traits and cover ability to play outside or in slot
  • Closes out separation from breaks very quickly
  • Has ability to bait quarterbacks into interceptions
  • Takes steep pursuit angles and can beat running backs to the corner
  • Learned under former LSU defensive backs Jalen Mills, Jamal Adams and Tre'Davious White
Weaknesses
  • Frame is chiseled but slight
  • Lacks desired frame to matchup with NFL size and support the run
  • Thrown off-balance by clever route runners
  • Instincts are below average
  • Little route anticipation
  • Gets lost in coverage and guards grass at times
  • Needs better feel in zone and to feel route development around him
  • Doesn't sink and close out drop windows behind him
  • Room to improve angles to the throw
  • Hands are janky and unreliable
  • Allows certain interceptions to slip out of his grasp
  • Ankle-biter as tackler who can get trucked if he tackles too high

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GRADE
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