One name to keep an eye on later this April for the Miami Dolphins is Eddie Jackson. Similar to Utah´s Marcus Williams, Alabama Crimson Tide Safety Eddie Jackson is 6-feet tall, and weighs 200 pounds.
Unlike Williams, Jackson could still be available in the third or fourth round of this year´s draft. The Dolphins currently have the 97th overall pick (a 3rd round selection), and no fourth round pick. However, with 3 fifth round picks, the ammunition is there to trade up into the fourth.
Is Jackson worth it?
The four year player for the Crimson Tide eclipsed double digit games just once in his four years at a Alabama, appearing in 6, 9, 15, and 8 games throughout his four years. That being said, there is no denying that he produced while playing. His junior season, Jackson had six interceptions to go with two touchdowns, two passes defendes and a fumble recovery.
While many attribute Jackson´s production to his surrounding supporting cast (guys like Marlon Humphrey, Reuben Foster and Jonathan Allen), Jackson still held his own on the field and demonstrated his ability to return both interceptions and punts.
For this reason, he is an intriguing prospect for the Dolphins, who struggled in the punt return game last season with Jakeem Grant.
Jackson is still a bit raw in the tackling aspect and in zone schemes, but his ability to play man and lineup against tight ends and in the slot make him extremely valuable for the Dolphins. Slot corner Bobby McCain showed flashes last season, but also showed inconsistency. Adding Jackson to compete with him, as well has play the safety position, could be worth a 4th round pick.
To watch some of Jackson´s highlights from Alabama, click HERE.