With the draft just under three weeks away, the Seahawks draft plans are starting to ferment. One position to be of particular focus seems to be the defensive backfield. Myself being a huge fan of Washington’s Kevin King. But here, with King’s stock sky-rocketing, is another corner option for 26; USC’s do-it-all athlete, Adoree’ Jackson.
Jackson is a phenomenal athlete. At USC he was used in any way which had him with the ball in his hands. He is a play-maker unlike any other defensive back in this class. That play-making is really pushing his name up boards as the draft edges closer.
But in Seattle, that athletic make-up and play-making really pops up as a supreme fit.
Jackson though has one thing against his name for Seattle. Never under Schneider and Carroll have the team drafted a defensive back with sub-32 inch arm length; Jackson has 31.5′. It’s a minor detail on the whole package.
In 2016 Jackson really shone as the Trojans’ began to bounce back to national prominence. He had five interceptions, one fumble recovery and eleven passes defensed. On top of that, he really put his phenomenal athletic profile to use with four scores as a return man and one more as a receiver on offense.
It’s really a case of get him on the field and watch it evolve. His return proficiency lines up well for Seattle too. The health of Tyler Lockett really lingers over the off-season and taking him off of the return game duties could be something they see to suit in 2017. Bringing Jackson in to do that would not be a misstep in that phase.
But on defense, Jackson would open up a lot. Again health lingers over the defensive backfield with DeShawn Shead recovering from a serious knee injury. That injury likely sees Jeremy Lane move outside and a draft pick like Jackson move into the slot position Lane struggled in a lot in 2016. Further ahead Jackson, if able to make the step from SC to NFL makes a cap-decision on Lane or Shead easier.
He has limited collegiate experience in the nickel/slot position but his athleticism would holdover to be coached up to bring him up to speed. But that play maker ability, alongside fluidity and good long-field coverage really fits in Seattle. A team where they put their players in position to ‘do what they do best’, Jackson would find a fit and a home in Seattle.
If he makes it to 26, the Seahawks have their secondary and return game help. The Seahawks fans have some fun.