Jackson took home the Jim Thorpe award this season, an honor bestowed upon the country’s best cornerback. The junior cornerback caught a career-high five interceptions for the Trojans, while also deflecting 11 passes and forcing a fumble.
Another aspect of Jackson’s game that makes him an intriguing prospect is his ability to be an electric kick returner. Jackson had eight return touchdowns over three seasons for USC, and recorded over 2,700 return yards.
Depending on the severity of Jackson’s ankle injury, he could go anywhere from the mid-first round to the late second-round. A healthy showing at the NFL Combine would push him back into the first round conversations.
Teams in the late first-round that could draft Jackson include the Pittsburgh Steelers, Atlanta Falcons, and Green Bay Packers.
Should Jackson slide into the second round due to injury concerns, Cleveland, Philadelphia, the Los Angeles Chargers, and Chicago could look to make an upgrade in their secondaries.