Miami Hurricanes Senior cornerback Michael Jackson has been named the sixth-best cornerback in College Football by the College Football news. It’s the latest honor for Jackson who is on the watch lists for the Thorpe and Nagurski Awards.
Jackson is part of a stellar Miami Hurricanes secondary. Safety Jaquan Johnson is on three award watch lists. He was named to the Bednarik Trophy honoring the nation’s best defensive player in addition to also being on the Thorpe and Nagurski lists. The third returning starter in the Miami secondary is safety, Sheldrick Redwine.
The starting cornerback opposite Jackson will be decided in training camp. It will likely come down to Sophomore Trajan Bandy who was a nickel back last season or Senior Jhavonte Dean.
Canes Warning profiled Jackson when he named to the watch lists for the Thorpe and Nagurski Awards. He was also named to the preseason All-ACC first team earlier this week.
“Jackson emerged as a Junior last season. He played primarily on special teams before starting ten games in 2017. Jackson returned a fumble for a touchdown in 2016 at Notre Dame.”
Jackson and Johnson tied for the Miami team lead with four interceptions in 2017. Jackson also had 43 tackles, three tackles for loss, one sack and four pass breakups last season.
College Football News’ publisher Pete Fiutak summarized Jackson in their rankings.
“After not doing much in his first few seasons, he became a huge part of the devastating defense, picking off four passes and making 43 stops in an All-ACC campaign. He has always had the tools as a great get for the program, and he’s got the 6-2, 195-pound size. Now he’s putting it all together.”
Jackson’s size has a lot of NFL Scouts intrigued. Some 2019 NFL Mock Drafts have Jackson being taken in the first round. The Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller has Jackson fourth on his list of cornerbacks for the 2019 NFL Draft. Miller lists Jackson as the 20th best prospect for 2019.
In a 2019 mock draft that Miller published for the Bleacher Report in April he has Jackson being selected 18th overall by the Seattle Seahawks. Miller also summarized Jackson’s game.
“Jackson and his 6’2”, 200-pound frame are perfect for the (Seattle) system, and his play has him ready for a big role early on…Given his size and projected speed, it’s fair to see him as a future first-rounder… just…turn on the Syracuse tape (two interceptions) if they want to see Jackson in action looking like a top-20 pick.
Jackson and Johnson both considered turning pro after the 2017 season. Their returns plus Redwine give Miami one of the best secondaries in the country. Jackson has a bright future. After playing somewhat in Johnson’s shadow in 2017 it’s good to see him getting some recognition.