The Houston Texans are scheduled to meet with University of Southern California cornerback Adoree’ Jackson next week, per Ian Rapoport. Jackson was a versatile sparkplug for the Trojans, seeing time on defense, and making explosive plays on special teams. The Houston Texans could use depth at both spots. With the 25th pick, the team is looking for help on offense as the draft gets closer. However, the team could also use depth at several spots on defense. Additionally, the team can improve on special teams. Jackson has the traits that can make for a good match with the Houston Texans. Now, the team is visiting with the cornerback, to see if he is a fit for the team and their draft plans.
Adoree’ Jackson, CB #2
The 21-year old cornerback was named 2016 Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year. Additionally, he was named the winner of the Jim Thorpe Award. The award is given annually to the nation’s top defensive back. Jackson spent 3 seasons with the Trojans, and recorded 139 tackles. More importantly, he was always around the football. In his 3 seasons, Jackson had 6 interceptions, 28 pass defenses, 2 fumble recoveries, 6 tackles for loss, 3 forced fumbles and a defensive touchdown. These stats help show why the cornerback is such an interesting draft prospect.
Houston Texans Take:
As a prospect, Jackson is a polarizing player for scouts to grade. Many see a dynamic athlete that can be an impact player on special teams. However, questions remain whether Jackson is an impact player on defense. For the Texans, they could be willing to take a gamble on Jackson. After losing corner A.J. Bouye to free agency, the team could look at adding a cornerback in the draft. Jackson would have the opportunity to be eased into the defensive scheme, while providing help as a returner on special teams.
Jackson’s draft stock has risen since the end of the season. Furthermore, he has even entered the first-round discussion. With other needs, particularly at quarterback and offensive line, the Texans wouldn’t ideally target Jackson in the first round. However, the team could target Jackson with a day 2 draft pick. The Houston Texans would make for an intriguing match for the young Trojans’ star.