J.C. Jackson

Maryland
CB

Prospect Info

College
Maryland
Hometown
Class
Immokalee, FL
Junior
Height
Weight
Arms
5' 10"
201 lbs
31 1/2”
Hands
8 1/8”

Prospect Grade

5.60
Chance to Become NFL Starter
How We Grade
40 Yard Dash
4.46
Seconds
 
Bench Press
14
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
35.5
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
120.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
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20 Yd Shuttle
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60 Yd Shuttle
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J.C. (Jerald Christopher) Jackson was a high school Under Armour All-American from Immokalee, Florida who began his career at the University of Florida. He was injured in the 2014 season opener, however, and took a medical redshirt. He was dismissed from the program in 2015 after being charged with four felony counts as part of an armed robbery of a home, though he was later found not guilty of those charges. Jackson played at Riverside Community College in 2015 before transferring to Maryland. He started 11 of 12 games played as a sophomore, making 40 tackles, an interception, and a team-high five pass breakups. Big Ten coaches voted him honorable mention all-conference in 2017 after he started all 12 games for the Terps, posting 40 stops, three interceptions, and seven pass breakups.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 5-6
NFL Comparison
Zach Bowman
Overview
Jackson is a physical cornerback with quality size and an impressive ability to challenge and disrupt in press coverage. With just two years of major college experience, Jackson is on track to continue his education at the position while likely finding a suitable match for his particular talents. He doesn't have great long speed or short-area acceleration to match routes, but he's more than capable of handling bump-and-run coverage and all forms of zone. Jackson needs to improve his ball skills, but has eventual starting talent.
Strengths
  • Offers impressive route resistance from press
  • Physical, sticky puncher inside the first five yards
  • Good lateral slide to match receiver's release and throws well-timed jabs to derail route timing
  • Full-on eyeball mode when reading quarterback from bail technique
  • Operates with manageable cushion from his shuffle
  • Quick plant-and-drive response at first sign of throwing motion
  • Plays with proper route balance from cover-3
  • Adequate route recovery when beaten underneath
  • Hard-charging in run support
  • Searches for tackle points as deep as he can find them
  • Sees his target and strikes with good force
Weaknesses
  • Sluggish opening hips and allows room for throws out of route breaks
  • Gives away too much vertical separation when missing his jam
  • Struggles carrying long speed
  • Loses composure down the field and attacks receiver early and often
  • Quick to clutch and grab at the top of the route
  • Needs to keep plays in front of him
  • Flagged for nine pass interferences and four holdings over two seasons as starter
  • Hesitant to take chances and attack the ball over the man
  • Needs to become more aggressive in playing passing lanes
Sources Tell Us

"He's going to be a cover-2 and cover-3 guy. Nothing special right now but he'll get better. Don't underestimate the way he handles press because teams value physical cornerbacks." -- NFC Director of Player Personnel

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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