2017 NFL Draft Kansas City Chiefs Scouting Report: Adoree Jackson

Kansas City Chiefs draft prospect Adoree Jackson. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Kansas City Chiefs draft prospect Adoree Jackson. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports /

The Kansas City Chiefs could use some help in the secondary. Adoree Jackson of USC could be a steal in the second round.

There were some reals struggles for the Kansas City Chiefs corners in 2016. Despite a heavy investment in the position in last year’s draft, the Chiefs are likely back in the market this year. Adoree Jackson of USC could be an excellent investment on day two of the draft.

Terrance Mitchell was a good find for the Chiefs during the second half of last year. However, the journeyman corner has just one season left on his contract and can’t be relied on for the future. Kansas City also has Kenneth Acker and Phillip Gaines who are unlikely to be on the roster beyond this year.

Marcus Peters has his side locked down, and Steven Nelson looks strong in the slot. DJ White has flashed some talent, but is likely a backup. That leaves room for the Chiefs to add one or two corners to the roster. This is a great draft to do that in.

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The Kansas City Chiefs have apparently been thinking about this. The Chiefs spent a lot of time at the NFL Combine interviewing some of the top corners in his year’s draft. That indicates a clear interest in addressing the position in the upcoming draft. With the strength of this draft class, I expect they can find a couple.

Adoree Jackson – CB – USC

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Plain and simple, you are talking about one of the top players in college football last year with Adoree Jackson. The USC corner racked up accolades and highlights during his career. He has been a star for the Trojans on defense, offense, and Special Teams. Jackson may be one of the most naturally gifted players in this draft class.

Adoree Jackson is a next level athlete with speed and quickness to spare. Demonstrates excellent ball skills when the ball is in the air, and is even better when he gets his hands on it. Jackson is a capable defender in both man and zone coverages. Reads the quarterback well and shows an understanding of the routes receivers run.

The negatives on Adoree Jackson are almost entirely related to his lack of size. Lack of height could hurt him on the outside while a skinny frame could cause him to struggle with larger slot receivers.

If Adoree Jackson was 6’0 tall, he might possibly be the top rated corner in this draft. Even with his lack of size, he still gets first round considerations from some analysts. Jackson doesn’t fit what the Chiefs normally look for in a corner, but his talent may be enough to make them reconsider.

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The Kansas City Chiefs would be smart to keep investing in their secondary. With a strong draft class at the position, this is a great year to do it. Cornerbacks are becoming even more important in today’s NFL, so there is always an opening for a new addition.