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6th Round (#187 overall): Bennett Jackson, CB, Notre Dame
It’s hard to kill a 6th round selection when it’s basically a crapshoot at this point in the draft, so my grade here signifies that. Jackson has very nice size/speed combo (6’0,195lbs, 4.40 40-yard dash) and performed very well in the combine drills. He is a converted wide receiver, so his hands are also good. He should be able to contribute instantly on special teams and has upside to be a quality starting cornerback in a league that is increasingly looking for taller corners.
With their final selection, the Giants take a local product from New Jersey. Jackson is a corner with very good measurables and size for the position. Obviously not a standout like the top corners, Jackson was still decent considering he started as a receiver heading into Notre Dame. Moving to corner and transitioning well suggests his best football may be ahead of him. Where he makes his bread and butter though is as an aggressive special teamer, no doubt on the Giants’ minds. Their attention to special teams had brought big changes and Jackson fills a void left by standout Devin Thomas, who excelled there in 2011. With no other ideal selection left on the board, the Jackson pick is perfect.