Mike Jackson

Miami (Fla.)

Prospect Info

College
Miami (Fla.)
Hometown
Class
AL
Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 1"
210 lbs
32 1/2”
Hands
9 3/4”

Prospect Grade

5.45
NFL Backup or Special Teams Potential
How We Grade

2019 Draft Results

Drafted by
Dallas
Cowboys
Round 5 ‧ Pick 20
Go to Pick
40 Yard Dash
4.45u
Seconds
 
Bench Press
13
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
40.5
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
130.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
7.12
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.12
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
--
Seconds
 

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Jackson came to Miami from Birmingham a four-star recruit, but got stuck behind the Hurricanes' depth at cornerback. He played in 25 games as a reserve in 2015 (five tackles) and 2016 (seven tackles, one pass breakups). He found his way into the starting lineup 10 times in 13 games played as a junior, however, tying for the team lead with four interceptions. Jackson also had 43 stops, three for loss, and five pass breakups on the year. Jackson (who has a young child also named Michael) garnered honorable mention All-ACC notice as a senior, starting all 13 games, posting 42 tackles, 3.5 for loss, 2.5 sacks, and six pass breakups.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Round 5
NFL Comparison
Siran Neal
Overview
Big, strong cornerback with the dimensions to get excited about, but a lack of cover traits could get him beat unless he finds the right scheme fit. Jackson's length and strength will be appealing for cover-2 teams looking for a banger who can drop and use his size as a deterrent against touch throws. He has some ball skills when he's in the neighborhood, but may not be in the neighborhood often enough to become an NFL starter. Teams could transition him to a safety spot early in his career.
Strengths
  • Big cornerback with long arms
  • Uses length and strength for physical jams from press
  • Understands zone concepts and recognizes routes
  • Crowds and pesters throws near the boundary
  • Consistent high-pointer when able
  • Showed ability to get home as blitzer
  • Steps downhill into run support duty
  • Size and strength may allow for transition to safety
  • Above-average special teams prospect.
Weaknesses
  • Feet lack desired fluidity
  • Looks uncertain and gawky in off-man coverage
  • Tight hips prevent smooth transitions
  • Unable to stay connected to receivers with route quickness
  • Likely to be scheme dependent as a cornerback
  • Below-average make-up speed
  • Slow plant-and-drive from bail technique
  • Lacks twitch and instincts to consistently threaten the catch
  • Doesn't get head around to find football often enough
Sources Tell Us

"He's pretty in those pads but you're going to have to cover him up because he has too many coverage holes to trust as a pro." -- Area scout with AFC team
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