04/30/2012 - A closer look at the Ravens' picks: Round 5, 169 - Asa Jackson, CB, 5-10, 191, Cal Poly...Jackson is a small-school corner who lacks ideal size, but runs fairly well and is durable. He can also return punts where he's expected to be an immediate contributor. - The Sports Xchange
Jackson took part in a March pro day at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. that also featured several prospects from Hawaii. But scouts on hand really wanted to see Jackson, who ran a 4.47-second 40-yard dash - verifying the 4.49 he ran at the scouting combine.
And his small frame is deceptively strong, the 19 bench reps he pushed up at 225 pounds was one more than Wisconsin's Peter Konz - the top-rated center in the 2012 draft.
But the biggest number for Jackson in his attempt to be drafted was measuring in at 5-10 in Indianapolis, allaying fears that he might actually be smaller.
Nicknamed "Ace," Jackson has solid instincts and decent, albeit not great, size. He tracks the ball well, is solid in his backpedal and made a strong move up draft boards late in the process.
The Sacramento native was a quarterback in high school who rushed for 1,120 yards as a senior while also throwing for 963. He visited Notre Dame (track), Georgetown (track) and Sacramento State (football) before choosing Cal Poly.
He played as a true freshman and was a first-team All-Great West defensive back his final three seasons.
Strengths: Quick, agile feet with good speed for the position. Loose ankles and is a smooth mover in any direction. Smart and works hard on and off the field. Very active and always moving. Natural bender and springs out of his stance and often leaves his feet. Good return ability after interceptions. Scrappy and tough. Leaves it all on the field. Good closing burst to accelerate and attack. Productive career and good starting experience.
Weaknesses: Lacks NFL size with a short, lean frame with shorter arms and small hands. Needs to play smarter and not bite on fakes. Raw awareness and needs to develop a better feel for pass coverage. Gets tall in his backpedal his fundamentals are unpolished. Inconsistent tackler and will throw his shoulder instead of wrapping and finishing. Played at lower level of competition.