Kareem Jackson was part of this past year's National Championship Team and was instrumental in helping The Crimson Tide win the title. The Tide probably had the best defense in the nation and more than half of their defense will be playing on Sunday's in the NFL potentially.
Jackson was over-shadowed by some of his teammates through the course of the season though. Players like Rolando McClain, Terrence Cody, Javier Arenas, among others, most of the time had the spotlight on them. However, this could mean that Jackson could end up a steal for the team that drafts him. While he is still projcted to go relatively high in this years draft, much has been ignored in what he can bring to the table. Jackson has stated in interviews at the NFL Scouting Combine that he has return skills in doing both punts and kickoffs but did not get much of a chance considering that teammate Javier Arenas did them about 99% of the time.
As far as his stats are concerned defensively, Jackson didn't put up gigantic numbers but for the most part opposing offenses stayed away from his side of the field, which is a good thing. Over the three year stint, Jackson accrued 5 Interceptions, 3 of which came in his freshman year. Once he get's the ball in his hands, he does have the ability to rack up the yards afterwards.
Below, we'll take a look at some of Jackson's other accomplishments.
There weren't any individual highlights that I could find, so my apologies for that. However, there are a few clips of him in this video of the National Championship Game. He is #3 on defense, not to be confused with #3 on offense (Freshman Trent Richardson) who ran for a touchdown about mid way through this clip.
AWARDS AND HONORS:
- 2007 Freshman All-America Second Team
|2009 Regular Season Game Log||Tackles||Misc||Interceptions|
|9/5||@Virginia Tech||W 34-24||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||1|
|9/19||North Texas||W 53-7||3||1||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|10/17||South Carolina||W 20-6||3||1||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||2|
|11/14||@Mississippi State||W 31-3||6||4||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2009 Postseason Game Log||Tackles||Misc||Interceptions|
|CITI BCS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME||Texas||W 37-21||3||2||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||1|
SUMMARY AND PROJECTION:
Jackson could find himself being inserted right off the bat in to a teams nickel package if he works hard in camp. I expect that he will be used in one way or another on special teams whether it's on coverage or doing returns. Again that depends on how strong he does in camp and preseason. Right now, most of the other sources I have seen have him going in the mid rounds. I tend to agree with them. I believe Jackson will be a late 3rd or early to mid 4th round selection. The Crimson Tide Corner stands at 6'0" and weighs roughly 195 LBS.
Possibilities -- 3rd Round: Picks 81-95, 4th Round: Picks 96-111.
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