“IF YOU CAN BELIEVE IT, THE MIND CAN ACHIEVE IT.”
Alabama’s Eddie Jackson is the total NFL Draft package
- Updated: September 16, 2016
Eddie Jackson, at a listed 6-foot-, 194 pounds, fits the size mold of a NFL starting free safety. What’s more, he moves and processes like a NFL starting free safety. Not just an average one either; Jackson is the best free safety prospect to pass through the NFL Draft process since I started my work with NDT Scouting in 2013.
Jackson has the burst and range to impact plays to either sideline as the last line of defense. This range comes after a spring 2014 ACL tear (which Jackson returned from to play 10 games at CB in the same year). Jackson’s functional athleticism made a big jump in 2015, as he transitioned to his first season at the FS position.
The draft community has attempted to construct hype for a high-end single high safety in the past several classes; but now they actually have one. Jackson’s processing and eye discipline puts him over top of routes consistently and the click and close ability he showcases allows him to break and challenge throws in the middle of the field. Jackson’s time at cornerback has done well for his footwork. There is a precision and deliberate approach to his transition steps. Watching Jackson accelerate from between the hashes to outside the numbers makes it very clear this is a high range prospect.
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