Monday, July 6, 2015

Eagles to host safety prospect Jackson

The Eagles will host safety prospect Janzen Jackson, according to Aaron Wilson of Scout.com.

Eagles to host safety prospect Jackson

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The Eagles will host safety prospect Janzen Jackson, according to a report. (AP Photo / Michael Conroy)
The Eagles will host safety prospect Janzen Jackson, according to a report. (AP Photo / Michael Conroy)

The Eagles will host safety prospect Janzen Jackson, according to Aaron Wilson of Scout.com.

Jackson (5-11, 188) played last year at McNeese State, after being dismissed from the Tennessee program, where he spent his first two college seasons.

In November, 2009, Jackson was one of three Tennessee players arrested for attempted armed robbery, but the charges against him were dropped.

Last August, Volunteers coach Derek Dooley dismissed Jackson from the program. Sources told ESPN.com that Jackson had substance abuse issues and failed multiple drug tests.

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On the field, he started 22 of 23 games and had five interceptions as a sophomore, earning second-team All-SEC honors. Jackson ran a 4.64 40 at the combine. Here's part of what NFL.com's scouting report says about him:

Jackson is an electric athlete who could make an immediate impression at the next level. He is sudden, quick twitched and fast enough to cover the deep half of the field against the SEC's best receivers. Teams may be put off by the issues surrounding his transfer history, but Jackson is an undeniable athlete who could contribute early at both the corner and safety position.

Jackson projects to have a third-round value.

The Eagles have spent second-round picks on safeties Jaiquawn Jarrett and Nate Allen in each of the past two drafts. Jarrett saw limited playing time in 2011 and faces an important offseason if he wants to earn a starting spot.

Allen had an up and down 2011, but played his best football at the end of the season. Kurt Coleman could also compete for a starting job. And the Birds could still make a move in free agency. They've shown some level of interest in Yeremiah Bell, according to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald.

Finally, once again, here is the master list of Eagles draft visits. I'll keep this updated throughout the next month.


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