ColtPower's Brent Foshee reports from the draft with a quick look at the Colts' #1 pick, Marlin Jackson out of Michigan. The big question is will Jackson be used as a cornerback or as a safety by the Colts? His selection continues to reflect the Colts' recent trend to take a good look at players from the Big Ten in the draft.
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a great college career that saw him intercept seven passes while breaking up
thirty four others, Marlin Jackson enters the NFL as a player with huge upside
at several positions. The co-captain of Michigan's 2004 squad Jackson has
started games at both cornerback and free safety.
Take: A one time
highly considered prospect that many thought would be a top ten pick, Jackson's
underachieving play as a senior, as well as the off-field issues previous to
last season, have pushed him down draft boards. Possesses all of the tools
needed to be a big time player at the next level but must get his game back on
track, focusing on the task at hand for sixty minutes. A prospect who could end
up starting as a rookie if he hits on all cylinders or be a career journeyman in
Take: Jackson is a
prospect that probably should have come out following the 2003 season. Jackson
suffered through a difficult senior season at cornerback after playing
excellently at free safety the year before. His build and athleticism will push
him toward cornerback, where he played as a senior, but he may ultimately be
better suited for free safety.