CON: Lack of deep speed/ zone scheme
Jackson was seen as a potential top ten pick leading up to the NFL combine in February, but a slow 40 time may have been the key to dropping him to the second round. 4.56 isn’t a bad number, but when guys like Denzel Ward, Jaire Alexander, and Donte Jackson ran in the low 4.3s, a 4.56 looks like molasses in comparison.
Jackson did improve that time during his pro day, running in the mid to high 4.4s depending on who was timing him, but that official Combine time hung around like an anchor. That could limit Jackson to an outside-only role, diminishing his value. His scheme at Iowa may also be a slight concern.
He shows the ball skills and showed good tape when playing man, but his best plays came in zone coverage where he could read the quarterback rather than react to the receiver.
Mike Pettine is a defensive coordinator who likes to put his corners on an island in man coverage and questions have to be asked about his scheme fit in Green Bay. If he cannot adapt to playing more man coverage than he did in college, he may not be more than a nickel or dime back in the NFL.