The Tennessee Titans selected USC cornerback Adoree’ Jackson with the No. 18 pick in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft on Thursday in Philadelphia.
Adoree’ Jackson has found his NFL home and it’s with the Tennessee Titans
The Titans made Jackson their man with the No.18 pick of the 2017 NFL Draft, picking up the cornerback far earlier than expected in the first round.
Jackson opted to leave USC after his junior season, finishing off a stellar Trojan career with a victory in the Rose Bowl.
The highly-touted recruit lived up to expectations from Day 1. He started 10 games as a freshman cornerback while also contributing as a return man and receiver.
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That role only grew as a sophomore when he featured as the only player in the country with at least 400 yards receiving, 600 yards on kickoff returns, 200 yards on punt returns and 30 tackles.
Jackson’s career hit it’s pinnacle in 2016 when he was named a consensus All-American and won the Jim Thorpe Award as the nation’s top defensive back while also making the finalist list for the Paul Hornung Award and the Lott IMPACT Trophy.
Though his college success was clear, Jackson’s pro potential has been harder to pin down this spring.
Some consider him to be undersized for the cornerback position and destined to be relegated to a slot corner role. Others believe his athleticism and technique can be refined to make him a solid NFL starter at the position. Meanwhile, his outstanding return skills added intrigue to his value.
Jackson is now USC’s 497th pick in the NFL Draft all-time and the 80th Trojan to be selected in the first round.