Jackson is a 5’10”, 178lb cornerback who played his college ball at LSU. He played three seasons at LSU and had himself a solid career. During that three-year career, Jackson totaled 110 tackles, 4 tackles for a loss, 1 sack, 4 interceptions, 19 pass deflections, 1 fumble recovery, and 1 forced fumble. Last season for LSU Jackson totaled 45 tackles, 3.5 sacks, 1 sack, and 1 interception.
He is expected to be day two selection during the 2018 NFL Draft and could be a target for the Broncos. He’s a highly athletic corner who ran the fastest 40-time during March’s NFL Scouting Combine and could slide right into the Broncos number three cornerback job.
Why would Donte Jackson want to run the 40 again after setting the fastest time at the NFL Combine?— Mike Gegenheimer (@Mike_Gegs) April 4, 2018
Just wanted to see if he could beat it.
He went from 4.32 to a 4.31 at #LSU Pro Day pic.twitter.com/qN36vkGnHW
Here is what NFLDraftBreakdown’s Dane Brugler had to say about Donte Jackson in his yearly draft guide. Brugler has Jackson ranked as his 8th overall corner, the 75th overall player in the draft, and has a 2nd to 3rd round grade on him.
SUMMARY: A two-year starter at LSU, Jackson has the athleticism that allowed him to play all over the secondary in college, splitting his time both outside and inside in man/zone coverages. Play speed is critical for the position and Jackson checks this box with a bold, red sharpie. He is dripping with natural athleticism to click-and close in a blink, displaying the lower body muscles to spring in any direction. Jackson trusts his eyes, but doesn’t trust play indicators and is more of a freelancer than instinctive cover man. Overall, Jackson is undersized with an undisciplined play style, but his sudden-twitch athleticism helps mask flaws, comparing favorably to Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Ronald Darby (50th pick in the 2015 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills).
The Broncos are looking for a replacement for another corner after trading away veteran cornerback Aqib Talib to the Los Angeles Rams earlier this offseason. Former first-round pick Bradley Roby is expected to take over the number two cornerback job, but the third corner job is up for grabs. The Broncos did sign veteran Tramaine Brock and have 2017 third-round pick Brendan Langley on the roster, but they’re clearly looking for more depth. Jackson would add some big-time athleticism and talent to the Broncos secondary.