Jackson: Going into the year, I wanted to do everything possible to put myself in that situation to be able to make that decision at the end of the year. I felt like I did that as a player and I proved myself as an all-around player that can cover and tackle.
So I sat down with my family and I told them, 'That's what I want to do' and they supported me on my decision.
Q)What were Alabama coach Nick Saban's thoughts on your decision to leave school?
Jackson: I had a couple of meetings with him. He thought I should come back, but I was pretty confident in my decision and I stuck with it.
Q)What round did the Draft Advisory Board project you in?
Jackson: My draft evaluation paper said second round.
Q)How much did it benefit you going to Fork Union Military Academy out of high school?
Jackson: I was able to elevate my game (there). Coming out of high school, I played running back. So really that was my first introduction to playing cornerback. I was able to elevate my game and learn how to be physical as a corner.
Q)How much did playing for Nick Saban, who is considered a defensive back guru, help you?
Jackson: He's a DB coach and you know his defensive mind, so it helped me out a whole lot.
Q)Why did you switch from running back to cornerback?
Jackson: Originally, Vanderbilt sent me to prep school and wanted to switch me to DB. Once I got there, they moved me to DB because of Vanderbilt's decision. So that's why I ended up playing corner.
Q)Why did you decide to enroll at Alabama instead of Vanderbilt out of Fork Union?
Jackson: Vanderbilt wanted me to score higher on my test, but I was already eligible for everybody else. So I just decided that I didn't want to take the test anymore, and that's how it came out.
Q)Has playing in a 3-4 defense in college helped prepare you for the NFL?
Jackson: Yeah, I think it has. We play the NFL-type defense. It shows my mental capacity is maybe a lot stronger than some of the other players in the draft, as far as learning a defense in the 3-4. I think it'll help me out a whole lot.
Q)What is your size?
Jackson: I'm 5-10, 196.
Q)How do you think your game translates to the next level?
Jackson: I want to get better at everything I do; as far as my game, as far as my technique. But I think my physicality will help me a whole lot at the line of scrimmage. We played a lot of press-man; I think that'll help me a whole lot and be able to transfer from college to the next level.
Q)Will playing a pro defense in college help your mental adjustment?
Jackson: I don't think that'll be a problem for me. I played for Coach Saban. Our playbook is just as thick as, maybe, offensive playbooks. We put in five, six defensive plays a day. So I don't think that'll be a problem.