Adoree Jackson, CB, USC (5-foot-10, 186-pounds)
Lance Zierlein (NFL.com)
BOTTOM LINE: There are two things teams love -- ball production from cornerbacks and return men who can play meaningful snaps on every down. Jackson fits those criteria. His lack of size and length are concerns, but he has the athleticism to step right in as a slot corner on the next level. His combination of coverage and return talent could make him an early impact player.
John Sigler talked about the three visits the Saints had to USC, and said this:
Jackson is a dynamic athlete at cornerback with the traits to thrive in a zone-heavy coverage scheme. The three-year starter has made four interceptions, nine pass deflections, and 41 solo tackles in 2016, leading the team in each category. Jackson also fields kickoffs and punts with a combined six touchdowns on 113 career returns. I expect him to be square in the Saints’ cross-hairs, though there’s a strong case to be made for him to complete his final year of eligibility.
Rob Rang (CBS Sports)
IN OUR VIEW: Jackson is arguably the elite athlete in the 2017 draft and his ability to create big plays as a returner and occasionally on offense only make him that much more intriguing. Jackson surrendered nearly as many big plays as he delivered as a cornerback, however, something to keep in mind given this year's exceptional class at the position. The team that drafts Jackson with the intention of him playing cornerback may need a free safety with range to help protect him.
Jackson recently appeared at 32nd from the McShay-Kiper alternating mock draft, and Kiper said Jackson would be a part of his ‘A’ grading for a Saints mock through the first three rounds. Per the original position voting poll, fans opted to pass over Florida’s Jarrad Davis and Vanderbilt’s Zach Cunningham. With the pick, the Saints end up with Tennessee’s Derek Barnett (11th) in addition to Jackson for Day 1.
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