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Chicago Bears select Alabama safety Eddie Jackson in 4th round

The Chicago Bears add a safety to their defense with the selection of Eddie Jackson out of Alabama.

After targeting offense on the first two days of the 2017 NFL Draft, the Chicago Bears made a move to hopefully improve their defense in the fourth round.

Chicago traded up with the Los Angeles Rams to pick No. 112 and select former Alabama Crimson Tide safety Eddie Jackson.

The 6-foot-0, 200-pound Jackson began his career at Alabama as a cornerback but made the switch to safety before the 2015 season. He's a two-time All-SEC selection in four years at Alabama. 

In addition to playing defensive back, Jackson also returned punts for the Crimson Tide in his career. He suffered a season-ending leg fracture during a punt return in October of 2016. He did return two punts for touchdowns during his 2016 season.

Here's what NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein wrote on the safety:

Former cornerback-turned-safety with decent instincts and good ball skills but a finesse mentality as a tackler relative to those around him. Jackson's background in man coverage and his ability to return punts should create some additional value for him, but he'll be pressed into much more difficult situations in the league. Jackson is an average NFL backup with immediate punt return possibilities.

To move up to No. 112, the Bears traded away a 2017 fourth and sixth-round pick.


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