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04-23-2005, 06:02 PM
Jackson is an outstanding athlete -- he was a running back in high school and played safety and corner. He reminds me of Ty Law -- he doesn't have burning speed but is a very tough player and does a good job against the run. He's good enough against the pass to play for a zone team like Indy.

Kirwan on Jackson: Jackson is a versatile player who has a real team attitude. The Colts need to develop a defensive personality. With the Colts having the lead in most of the games they play and the Colts in nickel and dime defense often, they need Jackson right away.




The unquestioned leader of the Wolverines' defense, Jackson was also one of their most versatile players. He played every position in the secondary, but still went on to set several school records. Switching positions became commonplace for Jackson and he even changed jersey numbers, changing from No. 3 to No. 20 prior to the 2002 season.

Jackson earned USA Today All-America and Pennsylvania Player of the Year accolades as a senior at Sharon (Pa.) High School, where he was also chosen Northeast Player of the Year by SuperPrep. The all-state pick twice earned All-Mercer County Conference honors on both offense and defense.

He recorded 281 tackles, 19 stops for losses, three sacks, seven forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries during his career. He made 18 career interceptions, returning four of those picks for touchdowns. Marlin also rushed 15 times for 330 yards and five touchdowns, caught 57 passes for 1,026 yards and 18 scores, returned 12 kickoffs for 236 yards (19.6 avg.) and scored twice. He also lettered in basketball three times, twice earning all-conference honors.

Jackson was a freshman All-America choice by The Sporting News as a true freshman, lining up at cornerback. He recorded 50 tackles (39 solos) with two interceptions and four pass deflections while starting seven games in 2001. As a sophomore, Jackson picked up All-America first-team honors from College Football News. Starting every game, he collected 51 tackles (39 solos) with three interceptions and established a school season-record with 18 pass deflections in 2002. He also set a Wolverine game-record with six pass breakups against Washington.

Jackson shifted to safety in 2003. Despite missing three games with a left quadriceps and groin pull and another due to suspension, he collected 47 tackles (35 solos) with seven pass deflections and three interceptions while starting seven of 11 games. He moved back to cornerback as a senior, earning All-America first-team honors while serving as team captain. Marlin was credited with 47 tackles (34 solos) with six stops for losses, four pass deflections and an interception.

In 45 games with the Wolverines, Jackson started 39 times. He finished his career with 195 tackles (147 solos), two sacks for minus-13 yards and 13 stops for losses of 43 yards. He also caused five fumbles, deflected 34 passes, gained 77 yards with a touchdown on nine interceptions and blocked two kicks. Only Todd Howard (41, 1998-2001) had more pass breakups in a career at Michigan than Jackson's 34.


Positives Tall, rangy athlete with a slender but defined frame with long arms and tight skin Can play all secondary positions and is a smart, instinctive athlete who has the range to make plays in pursuit Shows very good man- and zone-coverage skills, reacting quickly to the ball in flight Has outstanding instincts and a good knowledge of the defense, making all of the adjustment calls in the secondary Can play either tight or loose in man coverage, showing the speed to stay stride for stride with the receivers on deep routes Scans the field well and is quick to pick up blocking schemes Reacts quickly to pass and has the jumping ability to go vertical and make adjustments on the ball in flight When he plants and drives, Jackson shows a good closing burst to make plays in front of him Durable athlete with good range and catch-up speed His ability to play most of the secondary positions is a plus Can also handle return duties, but would only recommend that he do so in emergency situations Knows all the alignments and matchups to make the coverage calls and checks in the secondary His combination of size, strength and versatility will see him contribute immediately as a nickel back, and he will be a factor for some team's defensive backfield before long.

Negatives Gathers himself a bit in transition and while he can backpedal and turn, he looks a little awkward moving in reverse Can be fooled by play action, but does a good job of coming up to support in the short area Uses his hands effectively to redirect receivers early in their routes, but gambles too much in man coverage and that causes him to be caught away from the play Needs to show more aggression and get physical with the receivers in press coverage, and seems to lack cover sense when his back is to the ball Has good feet and a quick hip turn, but in off coverage schemes he sometimes is too inconsistent to maintain cushion Struggles to keep his feet in transition and will bite on double moves by the receiver because he does not have the agility to recover Decent tackler, but needs to show better consistency wrapping up Tends to take poor angles in run support and does not seem to avoid blocks well when working near the line of scrimmage Not the type that can be effective blitzing off the edge, as Jackson does not have the hand usage to disengage and shed vs. the larger blockers Has good natural strength to make tackles in run support, but is more of a drag-down and angle tackler, as he fails to use his hands effectively to wrap and secure Needs to play in more control during run support, as Jackson does not look comfortable working in space Is a confident cornerback, but did not look natural playing free safety as a junior Does not always get himself into good position to make the play, opening his hips too early.


2003 -- Sat out the Illinois (Oct. 18), Purdue (Oct. 25) and Michigan State (Nov. 1) games due to left quadriceps and groin pulls.


4.49 in the 40-yard dash 340-pound bench press 510-pound squat 323-pound power clean 34-inch vertical jump.


Attended Sharon (Pa.) High School, playing football for coach Jim Wildman USA Today All-America first-team and named Player of the Year in Pennsylvania Earned all-state honors as a senior and was a Prep Football Report All-American Two-time Mercer County Conference first-team selection on defense and offense Recorded 281 tackles, 19 stops for losses, three sacks, forced seven fumbles and recovered three fumbles during his career Also made 18 career interceptions, returning four of those picks for touchdowns Rushed 15 times for 330 yards and five touchdowns, caught 57 passes for 1,026 yards and 18 touchdowns and returned 12 kickoffs for 236 yards (19.6 avg) and scored two touchdowns Lettered three times in basketball, twice earning first-team all-conference honors.


General Studies major, enrolled in the College of Literature, Science and the Arts Attended the 2000 Michigan Summer Football Camp Born Marlin Tyrell Jackson on June 30, 1983 Resides in Sharon, Pa.


04-23-2005, 06:04 PM
Marlin Jackson is a rare individual, blessed with immense physical talent, but cursed with a past he can't run from fast enough. It's why that when he had the chance to declare his eligibility for the 2004 draft and didn't, Jackson continues to prove that he's a one-of-kind prospect.

Jackson has all the ability and raw materials one might need when constructing the ideal cornerback. Big, strong, fast and flexible are words that only begin to describe how he plays on the field for the Wolverines. Yet he's back for one more season at Ann Arbor, in part to earn his degree, but also to prove once and for all that he has matured into the best defensive back in college football.

The funny thing is Jackson might have been the best defensive back before the 2003 season, too. But after earning a one-year probation following an assault accusation, missing four games due to various leg injuries, plus an odd switch from corner to safety, Jackson's last hurrah at Michigan was not quite what he had hoped for himself.

Jackson is back home at corner in 2004, and he re-assumes the role of the best cover player in the nation. At corner, he is rarely challenged, and he dupes opposing quarterbacks into throwing his way only to show off his impressive closing speed. Jackson may gamble a bit much for a team like the Texans who like to put their corners on an island in man coverage, but he's already got what it takes to be an immediate starter in 2005.

(From HoustonProFootball.com)

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04-23-2005, 06:10 PM
He's a good player. I like him. But he can't stop the run from the CB position.
Agreed. Not only that, but I completely believe that the secondary will continue to be destroyed as long as the defensive line cannot get a push up the middle. I'm tired of seeing Dwight Freeney run around and by the offensive line while double-teamed while Larry Triplett is laying on the ground on his back, struggling to get off the ground like a frightened turtle.

Jackson is going to help, no doubt about that. I have to see some players picked to help out in the front seven though.

04-23-2005, 06:28 PM
Strengths: Is a big, physical corner. Is at his best pressing WR's. Has the confidence and mentality you look for in a DC. Can play zone or man-coverage. Is also experienced and has great success covering the slot WR. Has good height, bulk and strength. Is experienced at DC and DS. Has good upper body strength and power. Impressive 23 reps on the 225-pound bench press at the combine. Will challenge WR's and isn't afraid to get physical in coverage. He matches up extremely well against bigger receivers. Will get in receivers' faces at the LOS. Does an excellent job in terms of his technique in press technique and will consistently take receivers out of their routes. He does a great job with his hands in terms of dictating WR's routes. He has excellent balance and shows great burst out of his pedal. Also has impressive short-area quickness and COD skills for his size. Breaks hard on the ball in front of him. Shows excellent closing burst when coming forward. He is fluid and smooth. Shows the ability to turn and run with most receivers. A solid tackler with good size, strength and toughness in run support. Shows power at the POA and isn't afraid to mix it up.

Weaknesses: Lacks ideal top-end speed. Makes too many over-aggressive moves and won't have the pure speed to recover in the NFL. His recognition skills and ability to read quarterback's eyes must improve. He will gamble too much in man coverage and will get caught out of position. Doesn't show good ball skills. Is around the ball a lot but doesn't make enough big plays. Has some character and durability concerns. Also has been inconsistent on the field. Did not make a smooth transition to FS in 2003 and is a much better fit at DC. He does not look as natural and comfortable in a lot of space at DS.

Overall: Jackson played in 11 games and started seven as a true freshman. He started every game at cornerback in 2003 and set a record with six passes broken up vs. Washington and Reggie Williams (Jaguars 1st round pick in 2004) in the season opener. Jackson was suspended for the first game of the 2003 season. The suspension came after Jackson was charged with assault regarding an on-campus incident in which he allegedly punched a fellow student. Jackson then moved to FS as a junior in 2003 because of team needs. He missed three more games due to a leg injury and finished with 50 tackles, two interceptions and four passes broken up. He moved back to cornerback in 2004, where he started all 12 games and finished with 47 total tackles, six tackles for loss, one INT and four PBU. Jackson's experience at safety gives him more versatility. However, in our opinion, he is a better NFL prospect at the cornerback position. Jackson has had some trouble off the field and his play on the field was inconsistent throughout his career. He also lacks ideal speed and has not shown enough playmaking ability in coverage. However, he has the size, strength, athletic ability, man-to-man cover skills and confidence to develop into a starter in the NFL, which is why he grades out as a late-first or early-second round draft prospect in 2005.

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04-23-2005, 07:37 PM
The reason they took him is that they couldn't believe that he was still available when they picked. Sure it made more sense to go with a run stopper, but he was too good to pass up. There is still plenty of run D in this draft.

04-23-2005, 07:41 PM
OK then, they felt they needed an upgrade at corner, and knew any CB worth having would be gone well before their 2nd round pick. Better?

04-23-2005, 07:55 PM
Would you stil feel the same way if Crowder or Blackstock end up falling to the Colts and they get a great corner to go along with a run stopper.

04-25-2005, 12:54 PM
I know what company line is, but that's simply not true.

Marlin was projected to go 29 at the earliest, about 42 at the latest. They weren't expecting him to go any higher. He was, after all, the 5th corner taken in the 1st round.
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Simply not true? Based on who's opinion. I believe the difference between
all the mock draft boards and what reality says based on team evaluations
especially after the first round is totally different. Jackon was thoroughly
convinced he was going anytime after the 20th pick. He definitely would have been gone after NE's pick at 31.
Excellent pick by the Colts.


04-25-2005, 01:09 PM
I really liked Marlin Jackson at UM. He's a very physical corner, which sometimes results in him getting flagged, but I've noticed he also gets a lot of "superstar calls" where he can get away with a lot of contact others can't.

He always seemed to underachieve at U-M, but you could never deny this kid had a lot of ability.

04-25-2005, 01:23 PM
disagree entirely with the cover 2 comment. Jackson REALLY struggled in zone coverage at U-M. He likes it when he can man up a receiver and knock him down. He gets lost defending space.

04-25-2005, 01:31 PM
Ohhh Reginald....I disagree!