3. Adoree Jackson, CB (1st round, 2017)
2017: 70 tackles, 1 TFL, 3 FF, 17 PBU, 5 rushes, 55 yards
2018: 73 tackles, 2 TFLs, 2 INT, 10 PBU
Adoree Jackson had done it all since being drafted by the Tennessee Titans in 2017, well he has almost done it all.
I truly thought that Jackson was destined for a Pro Bowl as a rookie, not as a cornerback but as a return man. In college he was exceptional with 8 combined return touchdowns in three years at USC.
Jackson seems to have one return every year where he is just one tackle from a return TD but he has never gotten there which is a mixture of sad and infuriating because you get the feeling that if you ever got his first that he would start racking them up.
Speaking of needing one to start a trend, Adoree Jackson was close to interceptions so many times in 2017 only to see them turn into PBUs.
Finally he got his first when he picked off a pass by going over DeAndre Hopkins in Week 2. He tallied another interception two weeks later vs the Buffalo Bills, but the flood gates never opened.
Now, that doesn’t mean that his impact wasn’t felt on a weekly basis. Jackson is one of the best run support CBs in the game and he very rarely misses a tackle, but when he does it doesn’t happen twice.
As Tom Brady and the New England Patriots figured out, if you are going to build a game plan focused on one receiver then you better make sure that Adoree Jackson isn’t the one covering him.
Jackson has been a very solid cornerback since his first week with the Tennessee Titans, so going forward the only question is how high his ceiling is. If he gets a chance can he become an elite returner? Is he going to be even more opportunistic in year 3? If he can put together the forced fumbles from his rookie year with the interceptions from his second year, will he lead the league in forced turnovers?
All of those are valid questions, but for now he is just a very good cornerback in a league where that is becoming more important every year.