First round pick Adoree’ Jackson will not just be used on defense in Nashville, but he may get the most playing time out of any player on the field.
It was confirmed today that first round draft pick Adoree’ Jackson will play more than just defense in Tennessee. Jackson is a dynamic player that has had much success as a cornerback and kick and punt returner in college. During his time in college, Jackson was able to score a total of 8 return touchdowns for the USC Trojans. He also was featured on offense for USC with 6 receiving touchdowns. In an effort to compare Jackson to a player of recent memory, he has the skill set to be a more well rounded Devin Hester.
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Not only does Jackson have experience playing on all three sides of the ball, but he has excelled in other aspects of his athletic career. According to his bio on the University of Southern California’s website, Jackson was a track star as well. The Titans got a track star that can also play football. If that does not excite the fan base, not much will. He runs like the wind and competed in the long jump in college. It will be fun to see this kid play no matter where he is deployed.
According to Mike Florio of NBC Sports, Jon Robinson said of Jackson: “I think primarily his role will be to come in here and learn to play corner” and continued on to say “and I would say once he picks up that, has a good grasp of that to what degree, we can sprinkle him in on offense. We’re not closing the door on that, but I would say that’s probably not the primary role for him now. The first priority will be to help us on defense and in the return game.”
What does this mean?
This means that Jackson is currently going to focus on defense. He has to learn how to play the position in the NFL. As fans, there is no one that can expect Jackson to come in and automatically be Richard Sherman. There are going to be growing pains for every rookie that was drafted this year. Jackson has all the potential in the world to be a star in this league, but needs to learn just like every other rookie. He will eventually get opportunities to return kicks and punts. When Jackson masters all those skills, then they will get him involved in the offense. That is an exciting prospect. The Titans already have added some exciting offensive prospects this year and to think that Jackson could be added as well, that is really exciting!