Colts pick Jackson

Marlin Jackson is the first pick in the 2005 NFL Draft for the Colts. Brent Foshee checks in with this report live from the NFL Draft in New York.

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.

Marlin Jackson, CB/S Michigan 6010 198

Intro: After 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.

TFY's 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 the NFL.

ColtPower's 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.

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