After a year on special teams as a freshman in 2003, Jackson became a fixture in the Syracuse secondary as a sophomore. He had 56 tackles, 1.5 for loss, and two interceptions. His numbers dipped a bit as a junior, where he finished with 42 tackles, 2.5 for loss, and an interception. Jackson came back as a senior with more focus, and had 57 tackles, 4.5 for loss, 2.5 sacks, and two picks on the year.
Jackson is a solid all around corner prospect. He is a good athlete, and has the quickness to stay with receivers out of their cuts. Where he stands out is the physical nature he plays with. He has good size and loves to be physical on the field. He is not afraid of contact and is a very good run defender for a defensive back. He may have the versatility to play safety as well.
Great speed is the only trait that Jackson may lack. He could have trouble with the small, quick receivers in the NFL that can run by him. That could make a move to safety his likely destination.
There may be a little doubt about his ability as a corner against all types of receivers, but if that doesn’t work out, he definitely has what it takes to handle a move to safety. That versatility could help him out come draft day, and he should hear his name called at some point on Day One.