Varsity Preps

Robert Jackson Jr., CB, C/O 2015

Photo courtesy of Robert Jackson’s Hudl page

Bishop McNamara (Forestville, MD)

Vitals: 5’10”/ 161 lbs./ 4.65 40-Time/ 4.41 Shuttle/ 90 Tackles in 2013/ 1 Interception/ 1 Forced Fumble

Film Analysis: The first thing that jumps off of Jackson’s film is that he is heavily involved in the run defense. Whether it is making stops in the backfield, or making tackles at the second level in the flat, Jackson has solid form and fundamental tackling ability and can lay a few good hard hits too. One thing that also allows Jackson to succeed are his pursuit angles. Those are key for Jackson because his speed is questionable for the cornerback position, being only a 4.65. Having that intangible ability to pursue will give Jackson a chance but at some point, it will catch up with him. With one major strongpoint though, comes a great weakness in my analysis. A major question I have for Jackson’s game is his coverage ability. He seems to be trailing receivers a lot, and that will cause a myriad of bad things if that doesn’t get corrected soon. For now though, Jackson is a solid run stopping corner back. He plays more like a strong safety but has nowhere near the size to play that position. That is what I call a tweener to me.

My Rating: 2-Star CB, Top 80 Maryland Prospect, #12 CB in Maryland

The Verdict: Robert Jackson Jr. has some pieces to be a solid corner back, but I don’t think that his skill set is going to translate to any level of Division I football. That being said, Jackson does have a future in the FCS and Division II level. Like I said in his film analysis, Jackson is kind of a tweener, having the skill set of a strong safety, and the size of a corner back. Schools like Delaware and Dartmouth have been evaluating Jackson and those could be places that could provide landing points for the corner prospect. With his 4.41 shuttle, Jackson’s lateral movement won’t be able to keep up with Division I level talent. Jackson has some work to do though this summer, because he still doesn’t have any offers currently. I do like his attitude on and off the field though.

Pros: Solid Tackler, Pursuit Angles

Cons: Coverage, Speed

Check out Daniel’s Hudl page: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/2446956/robert-jackson-jr

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