Round 7 pick 243
Chris Jackson DB, Marshall
Marshall’s star defensive back Chris Jackson was selected with the 243rd pick by the Tennessee Titans in the seventh round of the 2020 NFL Draft on Saturday. Jackson ended his career as one of the most prolific defensive backs in school history. He finished as Marshall’s all-time leader with 45 career pass breakups and seven interceptions.
As a senior, Jackson was named to Conference USA’s first-team, after racking up 25 tackles, with 11 pass breakups and one interception. At the end of the season, Marshall’s coaching staff gave him the Tom Stark Award for the Thundering Herd’s defensive player who gives his all, on and off the field — One of the school’s most prestigious awards for their entire program.
The Tallahassee, Florida native earned all-conference recognition in each of his four seasons at Marshall, including an All-Freshman nod in 2016. The Marshall product is scrappy and consistently brings high energy and a genuine enjoyment to the game that is often contagious to the rest of the team.
Jackson is very raw in all aspects of his game but has a lot of the traits that teams love to work with and if you are patient with him, you may have a competent player down the line who can contribute on defense and/or special teams on a consistent basis.
Effort isn’t an issue with him, but he will need to prove that he has the necessary strength and ability to defend the run adequately and will need to get stronger and more agile in order to handle the physical receivers and tight ends that he will see at the NFL level.
I can see Jackson competing for a spot on the end of the Titans roster and if he can continue to add muscle mass now that he will be in a professional strength training program, it will only improve his chances of making the team. He is a long shot to make the roster as of now, but if he is able to carve out a role on special teams, he may find himself with one of the bottom spots on the roster come the fall.