ASFN Consultant and Senior Writer
- Jan 7, 2003
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- Orlando, FL
Often times the system makes the player. It’s the old horse for the course theory. Vance Joseph likes to play a significant amount of zone pass defense. Through the years there have been some CBs who were far more effective in that mode. Josh Jackson may well fit that description as this article points out. I went back to my scouting notes. His final season he had an incredible 27 passes defended. That’s off the charts. He has great arm length and displayed outstanding ballhawk skills. He intercepted 3 passes against OSU and had 2 pick sixes against Wisconsin. He was viewed as a potential day one starter in the right system. Unfortunately for him he never played in that system. He has only modest speed and his hips are a little stiff so good receivers can separate from him at their break. In zone, however, he shows great awareness and his long arms allowed him to forge a completion rate of only about 40%. He was especially effective in the red zone when the field condensed.
NFL analyst Charles Davis of CBS Sports believes Arizona Cardinals cornerback Josh Jackson deserves another look in a new system.