USC Football: Is Adoree’ Jackson More NFL-Ready than JuJu Smith?


USC’s Adoree’ Jackson is one of college football’s most NFL-ready players who will not actually be eligible for next year’s NFL draft, according to Greg Wallace of Bleacher Report.

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The list of the nation’s top young prospects also includes Oregon running back Royce Freeman, who was the Pac-12’s Freshman Offensive Player of the Year in 2014.

Here’s what Wallace had to say about Jackson’s NFL resume after his freshman year:

"For now, Jackson appears to have cornerback as his primary role. He stands 5’11” and 185 pounds and has decent size for that position. He locked down a starting corner job by midseason and made 10 pass breakups. He also had 10 receptions for 138 yards and a touchdown, keyed by a 71-yard catch-and-run score against the Nebraska Cornhuskers in the Holiday Bowl and averaged 29.7 yards per return with a pair of long kick return touchdowns… Jackson has excellent speed and overall athletic ability. He could be a great college cornerback, but there’s no question he’ll fit in at the NFL level sooner rather than later."

There is no doubt about Jackon’s talent, which seems to transcend specific positions or sports. He continued to target playing three ways for the Trojans this spring while also competing for USC Track and Field.

But is Jackson really USC’s most NFL-ready, NFL-ineligible player?

JuJu Smith could have something to say about that.

The 6-foot-2 freshman All-American and All-Pac-12 second teamer had as outstanding a debut season as any USC receiver has had, bar Marqise Lee. Catching 54 passes for 724 yards and five touchdowns, Smith was the top freshman receiver in the Pac-12 in 2014.

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Like Lee, Smith arrived at USC with an NFL-ready body and plenty of athleticism to utilize. Though he stood in Nelson Agholor’s shadow for much of the season, the Long Beach Poly-product just looks the part.

Of course, things can change after just one season of action and there are no guarantees when it comes to football.

Both players could regress as sophomores, with more and more pressure on their shoulders to lead USC to victory. Though the safe money remains on the two coming good in year two.

Even after two successful seasons, recreating that success at the next level is never a sure thing.

Mike Williams was as NFL-ready as any player who has ever completed two seasons of college football. He was so NFL-ready he tried to jump to the pros a year early. Unfortunately, that did not work out for him.

What say you Trojan fans? Who is more NFL-ready, Adoree’ Jackson or JuJu Smith? Vote in the poll and sound off in the comments below.

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