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Marlin Jackson CB Michigan 6í1 196
By: Robert Davis

Marlin Jackson has racked up some prestigious honors during his time at Michigan. Heís been a Playboy All American, a Jim Thorpe candidate, and has been named to numerous other All American lists. During his junior year he lined up at the free safety position, and he totaled 50 tackles(1 for loss), 2 INT and 4 pass breakups despite missing 4 games on the season. Jackson started all 13 games during his sophomore season at corner and tallied 51tackles(5 for loss), 3 INT, and 18 pass break ups. Jackson was even a big contributor as a freshman, starting 7 games and finishing with 47 tackles and 3 INT.

Marlin Jackson is a great defensive back prospect, possessing all the skills necessary to be a standout corner at the next level. Jackson is a very good athlete, with good speed, showing the ability to turn and run with players. He has good size, and will attack the line of scrimmage in the run game. Jackson brings a lot of versatility to the field, as he played corner his first two seasons at Michigan, switched to safety his junior year, and back to corner again this season.

There really arenít any real physical weaknesses in Jacksonís game. He did have an incident in 2003 where he pleaded guilty for aggravated assault, a notch below the felony charge he was initially charged with. That is an incident that is going to be heavily scrutinized as the draft draws closer, and may play a role in exactly where Jackson ends up being drafted.

Jackson looks like he has a bright NFL future ahead of him. His game reminds me of fellow Wolverine Charles Woodson, though he will not be drafted as high as Woodson was. Marlin could hear his name called in the Top 20 picks, but his ultimate draft position will be determined by how teams judge him after the off the field incident in 2003.

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