Raiders Draft Preview: Asa Jackson

If Al Davis were still running the silver and black show then Asa Jackson would be his kind of guy. Jackson is one of those diamond-in-the-rough types that Davis loved to unearth. He’s also the kind of guy Reggie McKenzie will need in order to get maximum return on a minimal draft in 2012. Viewed as a 5th round pick out of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Jackson is a cornerback that certainly has NFL talent and his stock is on the rise.

Since Jackson is an Al Davis guy you already know he’s got a track background. The Sacramento native was a quarter miler in high school good enough to quality for the state finals. That’s saying something in California. He was also recruited to run track at Notre Dame and Georgetown and has been clocked at 4.38 in the 40 so yeah…dude can move. However football is in Asa’s blood so when the Mustangs came calling he jumped on the chance to play D1 ball.

As it stands the Raiders are looking to find talent however they can with only 5 late round picks to boast of. The Raiders made a trip to Hawaii just to get a better look at Jackson so you’d better believe he’s on McKenzie’s radar. Here is a quick analysis.

Asa Jackson, CB, Cal Poly SLO

Height: 5’10”

Weight: 191lbs

Strengths: Impressive strength displayed by putting up 225 19 times at combine. Good at finding the ball when it’s in the air and has ball skills to make a play as well. Good feel for the game, can diagnose plays and react quickly. An asset in defending the run with good tackling technique. Can contribute as special teamer from day one.

Weaknesses: Has good footwork but must refine technique. Size and level of competition played against are concerns. Must improve strength to jam bigger receivers and shed blocks. Was able to get away with inconsistent play at the collegiate level due to his natural physical abilities but that won’t be the case in the NFL.

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