The Packers were burned by the opponents passing game all season, and haven’t addressed the issue in free agency. Beyond the signing of Devon House, who will bring a veteran presence to the position, but ultimately will only improve the team slightly.
Adoree’ Jackson is another player who plays both sides of the ball, while also returning punts and kicks. The 21-year-old USC alum gave his team the threat for a big play on both sides of the ball, whether it be an elusive punt return for 75 yards, or a yoga pose-like one foot down interception.
At the combine, he ran a 4.42 40-yard dash, leaped 36 inches on the vertical, and 122 inches on the broad jump. He has the speed and leaping ability to make life difficult on slot receivers. His final season in college he showed improved ball hawk ability, intercepting five passes with 11 deflected passes.
His coverage skills got better each year in Los Angeles, as the young player was able to make more explosive plays on the back end of the defense in his junior season. He has the personality to continue his development on the next stage. Confident players are confident because they’ve put the work in. They know that’s what it takes to continue to get better.
As a return man, he makes the most out of it, with the least amount of effort. When a hole opens, he hits it hard, always seeming to get out on the other end scoff free. Instead of making people miss with a juke, spin move, etc., he just slightly changes the angle he’s running. It seems to be enough to get him out of one on five situations quite often.
Adoree’ Jackson is like Jabrill Peppers, they both did everything for their program. The difference is he doesn’t have the same thick physique as the Michigan star. He’s only 5’10” 185 pounds, which will make it difficult to match up with the larger receivers on the edges. He has the confidence to make up for some size, but he’ll probably be a slot corner in the NFL.
He’s wasn’t great as a tackler at USC. It’s hard to imagine that improves as he goes up against the superior talent of the NFL. He’ll almost surely struggle in run support, which could be an issue due to the Packers lack of depth on the defensive line. Green Bay has seen a lot of corners who are unable to contribute beyond coverage skills, which could make it difficult for the team to pull the trigger, despite a very real need for talent at cornerback.
Adoree’ Jackson has been projected to be a second-round pick, who could sneak into the first round. He was a great player at USC, but he has limitations that makes it difficult for a team to commit a first round pick.
But, he can make plays on the ball, as well as return kick and punts to begin his career. If he can be productive as more than just a corner, his risk goes way down. Worst case scenario, Jackson becomes a special team’s specialist with playmaking ability, another thing the Packers haven’t’ seen since a young Randall Cobb.
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The rookie would come in and compete for the slot corner position with Quinten Rollins. The two players are very similar, both ex basketball players, with ball skills to play the corner position. Quinten Rollins had the potential to shore up the middle of the field, while causing turnovers. It hasn’t worked out that way yet, but that’s the same high hopes the team would have if they draft the 21-year-old out of USC.
He certainly has a lot of the skills the Packers are in need of, but his negatives should give the Packer’s front office pause for concern. Sometimes you just need to hope a players confidence will extend to the NFl, and hope for the best, but this pick would certainly have a lot of bust potential.