Janzen Jackson NFL Draft Profile

Janzen Jackson NFL Draft Profile

Janzen Jackson, Senior, Safety, Tennessee



Janzen Jackson had a solid freshman campaign in 2009. The 6-0, 187 pound free safety worked his way into the starting lineup and ended up starting nine of the ten games in which he played. He did not put up gaudy numbers, but did tally 37 tackles and picked off a pass. He even showed his big play ability and forced a fumble.

Heading into 2010 Jackson was one of the more talented players on Tennessee’s defense. The Volunteers were very thin at that side of the ball and it was very important for Jackson to emerge as a leader of the secondary. He did just that. He ranked third on the team with 69 tackles, including 4.0 tackles-for-loss and a sack. He also tallied six pass breakups and a team high 11 passes defended.  


Final Projection:

Jackson has great speed and can even lay out the big hit despite his smaller frame. But the bigger issue is Jackson’s off-field issues. Jackson missed workouts in December of 2010 leading up to the Music City Bowl and left the team in February of 2011 to continue dealing with his personal problems. His status is up in the air, but he has the talent to be a superb player in the NFL if he can stay on the field.

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