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Colts select...Marlin Jackson, CB, Michigan
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Marlin Jackson, CB+FS, Michigan
Height: 6:00.2 Weight: 196
Overview: The unquestioned leader of the Wolverines' defense, Jackson was also one of their most versatile players. He played every position in the secondary, but still went on to set several school records. Switching positions became commonplace for Jackson and he even changed jersey numbers, changing from #3 to #20 prior to the 2002 season. Jackson earned USA Today All-American and Pennsylvania Player of the Year accolades as a senior at Sharon (Pa.) High School, where he was also chosen Northeast Player of the Year by Super Prep. The All-State pick twice earned All-Mercer County Conference honors on both offense and defense. He recorded 281 tackles, 19 stops for losses, three sacks, seven forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries during his career. He made 18 career interceptions, returning four of those picks for touchdowns. Marlin also rushed 15 times for 330 yards and five touchdowns, caught 57 passes for 1,026 yards and 18 scores, returned 12 kickoffs for 236 yards (19.6 avg) and scored twice. He also lettered in basketball three times, twice earning All-Conference honors. Jackson was a Freshman All-American choice by The Sporting News as a true freshman, lining up at cornerback. He recorded 50 tackles (39 solos) with two interceptions and four pass deflections while starting seven games in 2001. As a sophomore, Jackson picked up All-American first-team honors from College Football News. Starting every game, he collected 51 tackles (39 solos) with three interceptions and established a school season-record with 18 pass deflections in 2002. He also set a Wolverine game-record with six pass break-ups against Washington. Jackson shifted to safety in 2003. Despite missing three games with a left quadriceps and groin pull and another due to a suspension, he collected 47 tackles (35 solos) with seven pass deflections and three interceptions while starting seven of eleven games. He moved back to cornerback as a senior, earning All-American first-team honors while serving as team captain. Marlin was credited with 47 tackles (34 solos) with six stops for losses, four pass deflections and an interception. In 45 games with the Wolverines, Jackson started 39 times. He finished his career with 195 tackles (147 solos), two sacks for minus-13 yards and thirteen stops for losses of 43 yards. He also caused five fumbles, deflected 34 passes, gained 77 yards with a touchdown on nine interceptions and blocked two kicks. Only Todd Howard (41, 1998-2001) had more pass break-ups in a career at Michigan than Jackson's 34.
Analysis: Positives...Tall, rangy athlete with a slender but defined frame with long arms and tight skin...Can play all secondary positions and is a smart, instinctive athlete who has the range to make plays in pursuit.... Shows very good man and zone coverage skills, reacting quickly to the ball in flight.... Has outstanding instincts and a good knowledge of the defense, making all of the adjustment calls in the secondary...Can play either tight or loose in man coverage, showing the speed to stay stride-for-stride with the receivers on deep routes...Scans the field well and is quick to pick up blocking schemes...Reacts quickly to pass and has the jumping ability to go vertical and makes adjustments on the ball in flight...When he plants and drives, Jackson shows a good closing burst to make plays in front of him...Durable athlete with good range and catch-up speed...His ability to play most of the secondary positions is a plus...Can also handle return duties, but would only recommend that he do so in emergency situations...Knows all the alignments and match-ups to make the coverage calls and checks in the secondary...His combination of size, strength and versatility will see him contribute immediately as a nickel back, and he will be a factor for some team's defensive backfield before long.
Negatives...Gathers himself a bit in transition and while he can backpedal and turn, he looks a little awkward moving in reverse...Can be fooled by play action, but does a good job of coming up to support in the short area...Uses his hands effectively to redirect receivers early in their routes, but gambles too much in man coverage and that causes him to be caught away from the play...Needs to show more aggression and get physical with the receivers in press coverage, and seems to lack cover sense when his back is to the ball...Has good feet and a quick hip turn, but in off coverage schemes he sometimes is too inconsistent to maintain cushion....Struggles to keep his feet in transition and will bite on double moves by the receiver because he does not have the agility to recover...Decent tackler, but needs to show better consistency wrapping up...Tends to take poor angles in run support and does not seem to avoid blocks well when working near the line of scrimmage...Not the type that can be effective blitzing off the edge, as Jackson does not have the hand usage to disengage and shed vs. the larger blockers...Has good natural strength to make tackles in run support, but is more of a drag-down and angle tackler, as he fails to use his hands effectively to wrap and secure...Needs to play in more control during run support, as Jackson does not look comfortable working in space...Is a confident cornerback, but did not look natural playing free safety as a junior...Does not always get himself into good position to make the play, opening his hips too early...Has also had character issues that could concern a few teams, earning a suspension for one game in 2003 after being charged with assault in an on-campus incident in 2003.
Agility tests: 4.49 in the 40-yard dash...340-pound bench press...510-pound squat...323-pound power clean...34.5-inch vertical jump.
High school: Attended Sharon (Pa.) High School, playing football for coach Jim Wildman...USA Today All-American first-team and named Player of the Year in Pennsylvania...Earned All-State honors as a senior and was a Prep Football Report All-American choice...Two-time Mercer County Conference first-team selection on defense and offense...Recorded 281 tackles, 19 stops for losses, three sacks, forced seven fumbles and recovered three fumbles during his career...Also made 18 career interceptions, returning four of those picks for touchdowns...Rushed 15 times for 330 yards and five touchdowns, caught 57 passes for 1,026 yards and 18 touchdowns and returned 12 kickoffs for 236 yards (19.6 avg) and scored two touchdowns...Lettered three times in basketball, twice earning first-team All-Conference honors.
Personal: General Studies major, enrolled in the College of Literature, Science and the Arts... Attended the 2000 Michigan Summer Football Camp...Born Marlin Tyrell Jackson on 6/30/83...Resides in Sharon, Pennsylvania.
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good value pick