Recruited as a three-star receiver, Jackson was listed as a reserve wide receiver as an underclassman, but all of his experience as a freshman and sophomore came on special teams coverage. He moved to cornerback and earned a starting job as a junior, starting all 26 games the past two seasons for Notre Dame ? totaled 13 passes defended and six interceptions the past two years, despite a disappointing senior season. Jackson isn?t a twitchy athlete, but he displays decent foot quickness and body control to cover in space, along with the aggressiveness to fight off blocks and attack the ball in the air. He is tough in run support, but is also undisciplined in this area. Jackson doesn?t look like a future NFL starting cornerback, but his experience on special teams should serve him well and allow him to stick around at the next level.
STRENGTHS: Solidly-built for the position with adequate muscle and good arm length. Better feet and body control than expected with good short-area quickness to click and close on the action. Physical tackler and is very active in run support, getting his nose dirty attacking the line of scrimmage. Works hard to get off blocks and take the quickest route to the ballcarrier and make a play. Matches up well vs. bigger receivers and does a nice job forcing legal contact, doing just enough with his length and assertiveness. Stays alert and recovers well, timing his hits well to break up passes. Very aggressive with the ball in the air. Durable and started every game the last two seasons for the Irish at cornerback. Good special teams coverage experience and as a kick returner.
WEAKNESSES: Needs to stay balanced in his drops, too often finding himself leaning and getting turned around. Inconsistent technique and has the bad habit of getting his hips turned early off the snap and losing his man. Undisciplined eye use and lacks elite speed or quick-twitch movements to recover. Protects against speed and allows too much underneath. Needs to develop better field awareness and overall feel for situational football. Too hands on down the field and often caught extending his arms, making himself an easy target for a flag. Needs to do a better job getting his head turned to look and find the deep ball. Streaky tackling technique, often lowering his helmet and struggling to finish. Inconsistent ballskills and drops too many would-be interceptions.
05/11/2014 - A closer look at the Giants' picks: Round 6/187 -- Bennett Jackson, CB, 6-0, 195, Notre Dame...With their final pick in the 2014 draft, the Giants added Jackson, a cornerback to an already crowded cornerback field. If he's to make this team, however, he'll have to do so on special teams, which happens to be an area in which he excelled early on in his collegiate career. - The Sports Xchange