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2015 NFL DRAFT

Janzen Jackson, FS

School: McNeese State  |  Conference: LAND
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Lake Charles, LA
Height/Weight: 6-0 / 188 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
266117-FA
Latest News
04/23/2012 - Jackson was a second-team All-SEC selection as a sophomore in 2010, when he made 69 tackles, four for loss and five interceptions. His freshman year was overshadowed by an arrest on attempted armed robbery along with Vols first-year teammates Mike Edwards and Nu'Keese Richardson, but charges against Jackson later were dropped. "I made some mistakes, and I admit I made them," Jackson said recently on WWL 870 in New Orleans. "I was young. I was away from home, and I didn't make the right choices back then, and I paid the price. It humbles you no matter how good you think you are. I know the NFL knows all about those issues, and I have no reason to back away from them, but I also know that I learned from those errors in judgment. "I am trying my best to keep my focus right and let my talent speak for itself." - David Paschall, The Chattanooga Times Free Press

02/22/2012 - TOP 10 BEST BETS TO PUT ON COMBINE FREAK SHOW: Janzen Jackson, McNeese State, DB: The former five-star recruit had some great moments as a Vol, but also was plagued by off-field issues at Tennessee. No one ever doubt his athleticism though. He finished his college career back in Louisiana at McNeese and will be looking to get back in scouts good graces with a big showing in Indy. Jackson's pre-combine workouts in Louisiana have impressed his trainer, former NFL player Wyatt Harris: "I have trained some great athletes here at Sonic Boom. People like Marques Colston, Robert Meachem, Tracy Porter, Jacoby Jones and Devery Henderson, and I have never had an athlete like him here," Harris told Houma Today. "He is the best athlete that's ever trained at Sonic Boom. His athleticism is freakish and his speed, quickness and ease of movement are at the very top of the athletic ladder. He applies all that athletic ability to the football field. He is just not a great athlete, but he can play a high level of football also. He is going to knock the socks off of these other safeties he tests against at the combine." - Bruce Feldman, CBSSports.com

08/24/2011 - University of Tennessee head football coach Derek Dooley announced Wednesday that junior defensive back Janzen Jackson has been dismissed from the Tennessee football team. "Our program has devoted a tremendous amount of energy, resources, support, and care in an effort to help Janzen manage his personal challenges," said Dooley. "I will always be there to help him as a person, but there comes a time when a player's actions preclude him from the privilege of playing for the University of Tennessee football team. "Although I'm disappointed with this outcome, we will never compromise the long-term organizational values and goals we maintain here at Tennessee." Jackson, from Lake Charles, La., played in 23 career games (22 starts) in two seasons with the Vols from 2009-10. He earned Coaches' All-SEC Second Team honors in 2010, when he tied for the team lead in interceptions with five and led the Tennessee secondary with 69 tackles. Jackson finishes his Tennessee career with six interceptions, 106 tackles, and 15 passes defended. - Tennessee football

08/24/2011 - Tennessee coach Derek Dooley dismissed safety Janzen Jackson from the team on Wednesday as the junior's personal issues had apparently become too much of a distraction. Jackson withdrew from school in February to address personal issues but enrolled again in July and was reinstated to the Vols earlier this month as fall camp began. Dooley said after Tuesday's practice that Jackson would remain with the team on a day-to-day basis. Dooley did not specify what actions ultimately led to the Lake Charles, La., native's dismissal on Wednesday. "Our program has devoted a tremendous amount of energy, resources, support, and care in an effort to help Janzen manage his personal challenges," Dooley said. "I will always be there to help him as a person, but there comes a time when a player's actions preclude him from the privilege of playing for the University of Tennessee football team. "Although I'm disappointed with this outcome, we will never compromise the long-term organizational values and goals we maintain here at Tennessee," he said. After the Vols' Aug. 8 practice, Jackson said he was happy to be back on the field after dealing with what he said were personal issues and family problems. He and Dooley met frequently while Jackson was not with the team. Jackson made 69 tackles and had a team-high five interceptions in 2010 which led to 114 interception return yards. He had made 22 starts in 23 games over two seasons with the Vols, and was expected to be a key part of the Volunteers' secondary. Dooley's decision comes as the Vols wrap up fall practice. The team had a mock game scheduled for Wednesday night and planned to take a few days off before beginning preparation for the Sept. 3 opener against Montana. - AP Sports

07/10/2011 - The Tennessee Volunteers welcomed back arguably their best player Wednesday, when junior free safety Janzen Jackson enrolled in the second session of summer classes, after having left the team in early February to deal with personal issues. Due to an NCAA waiver that allows athletes to miss one semester, Jackson is eligible to participate fully in the Vols' preseason camp in August and in the 2011 season. Jackson, 6-0 and 190 pounds, proved well worth all of his hype as one of the better prep defensive back prospects in the country in 2009. Since signing with Tennessee, he's started 22 of 23 games for the Volunteers. He had 69 tackles last season and tied for tops on the team with five interceptions, including one against T.J. Yates and North Carolina in a double-overtime loss in the Music City Bowl. For his efforts, he was designated a Second Team All-SEC pick last year. With speed, instincts, ball skills and surprising physicality given his relatively slight frame, Jackson has already demonstrated the characteristics NFL scouts are looking for at free safety. As it stands now, NFLDraftScout.com rates Michigan State's Trenton Robinson and Boise State's George Iloka as the top senior free safety prospects for the 2012 draft. Both are viewed as only 3rd-4th round prospects, however, which could push underclassmen like Jackson, USC's T.J. McDonald and Alabama's Robert Lester, among others, to consider making the jump early. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

07/06/2011 - Tennessee can look forward to having the services of standout safety Janzen Jackson on the field this fall. The school confirmed the junior has enrolled in the second session of summer classes. Jackson, an all-SEC performer as a sophomore last season, left school this spring due to personal problems and his return to the team was in doubt. At the time of Jackson's departure, Volunteers coach Derek Dooley left the door open for his return and later expressed optimism that he would return to the team. A starter in 22 of 23 career games, Jackson tied for the team lead with five interceptions and made 69 tackles in 2010. His return bolsters a secondary that could be the strength of the Tennessee defense this fall. - Erick Smith, USA TODAY

07/06/2011 - Tennessee junior safety Janzen Jackson has enrolled in summer classes, five months after leaving school to address personal issues. Volunteers spokesman Jimmy Stanton says Jackson has returned to the team and is expected to fully participate in fall training camp in August. The Lake Charles, La., native made 69 tackles and a team-high five interceptions in 2010. He has made 22 starts in 23 games over two seasons with the Vols. - AP Sports

 
Latest News
04/23/2012 - Jackson was a second-team All-SEC selection as a sophomore in 2010, when he made 69 tackles, four for loss and five interceptions. His freshman year was overshadowed by an arrest on attempted armed robbery along with Vols first-year teammates Mike Edwards and Nu'Keese Richardson, but charges against Jackson later were dropped. "I made some mistakes, and I admit I made them," Jackson said recently on WWL 870 in New Orleans. "I was young. I was away from home, and I didn't make the right choices back then, and I paid the price. It humbles you no matter how good you think you are. I know the NFL knows all about those issues, and I have no reason to back away from them, but I also know that I learned from those errors in judgment. "I am trying my best to keep my focus right and let my talent speak for itself." - David Paschall, The Chattanooga Times Free Press

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