by J.T. Toth
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Today’s Spotlight - Oregon, Cornerback, Khyree Jackson
Name - Khyree Jackson
Pos - CB
Team - Oregon
HT/WT - 6’3” 195 lbs.
Home – Upper Marlboro, MD
Jackson was a 3-star recruit out of Dr. Henry Wise High School in Upper Marlboro, MD. He helped the team finish 14-0 and claim a MPSSAA 4A state title in his senior year. He played both wide receiver and defensive back in high school and finished his senior year with 39 receptions for 612 yards and 12 touchdowns. He elected to go to Fort Scott Community College for the 2019 season.
He started 8 games for Fort Scott Community College and collected 25 tackles and 3 interceptions. He was a 4-star JUCO recruit and ranked as the #1 overall player by ESPN JC50. He signed with Alabama over a slew of offers from dozens of Division 1 schools.
In his sophomore year at Alabama, Jackson played in 12 games, adding depth to the secondary while making an impact on special teams. He totaled 7 tackles and 2 pass breakups in his very limited time on defense.
Last season, his playing time was limited again and saw action in 9 games with 1 start. He tallied 7 tackles and after 2 seasons of limited action, he entered the transfer portal following the season. He signed with Oregon to continue his collegiate career in 2023.
This season for the Ducks, Khyree Jackson showed how special his play can be as a starter. In 12 games for Oregon, he tallied 34 tackles, 5 tackles for a loss, 2 sacks, 3 interceptions and 7 passes defended. He was named to the All-Pac 12 first team for his performance this season and also opened up a lot of eyes in the process.
Khyree Jackson has the unique blend of length and speed to be a future starting cornerback in the NFL. He uses his length well to shed blocks and does an excellent job of reading screens and other horizontal plays. His high points passes and defends deep routes well. Mechanically, Jackson is a sound tackler who does not hesitate when attacking a ball carrier. He has a loose body and effortlessly transitions from backpedal to opening up, getting to his top speed quickly. When a ball is in the air, he does a good job of getting his head turned around and has sure hands.
On the downside, he struggles in press coverage and at times gives up too much ground to receivers. He plays a little more tentative than most scouts like to see from a top prospect at cornerback. Though he is aggressive in his pursuit of running backs, Jackson struggles when he has to engage with blockers and is ineffective in shedding blocks. He is way more productive in man-to-man and does not seem as comfortable dropping into a zone. He is conservative in his reads and gives up some easy underneath catches.
JuJu Brents of the Indianapolis Colts may be an interesting comparison to Jackson after being selected in the 2nd round of last year’s draft out of Kansas State. Jackson has a lot of the same makeup as Brents, including his length and ball skills. Jackson won’t be selected as high as Brents was, but Draft 412 thinks the fact that Jackson’s lack of experience as a starter may be the only thing holding back his draft stock.
Man to man
Too much cushion
Khyree Jackson was not on too many scouts' radar during his time in Alabama due to his lack of playing time. This year as a starter, scouting eyes have widened. He is a mid-round prospect right now, but that can be improved at combine and post season events. Don’t sleep on him.
Draft 412 Draft Prediction - 4th round or 5th round