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2021 NFL Draft Scouting Report: CB Jerry Jacobs

  • The Draft Network
  • February 8, 2021
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PROSPECT SUMMARY – JERRY JACOBS

Originally starting his career at Arkansas State, Jerry Jacobs transferred to Arkansas after suffering a torn ACL. Playing in four games during his final season with the Red Wolves, he also played in five games with the Razorbacks. Jacobs is an active defender that isn’t afraid to challenge targets at the line of scrimmage. His ability to play a mixture of zone and man is also an asset to his game because of previous stops that he’s experienced. 

Ideal Role: Developmental outside corner that will need to spend a significant amount of time on the practice squad or in an outside league while developing.

Scheme Fit: Cover 1 press-man scheme.

FILM EVALUATION

Written by Jordan Reid

Games watched: UNLV (2018), SMU (2019), Georgia (2020), Mississippi State (2020), Auburn (2020)

Best Game Studied: Ole Miss (2020)

Worst Game Studied: Auburn (2020)

Man Coverage Skills: Possessing active feet, Jacobs has the lower half necessary in order to anticipate and maintain with the initial moves off of the line. A bit handsy at the line, he’s reluctant with getting hands on and then keeping his base square. He’s smart with keeping his body aligned to targets after revealing first-hand plans.

Zone Coverage Skills: Playing a mixture of all coverages while at Arkansas, he does have experience with turning his back to the sideline and executing a saddle technique. Keeping his front shoulder aligned with straight-ahead targets, he’s quick to drive down on routes in the underneath areas.

Ball Skills: His best overall season came in 2018 as he was able to record four interceptions. Putting his body in position to create turnovers has been frequent throughout his career, but his best evidence of that came during his final season at Arkansas State.

Tackling: Hit or miss consistency as a tackler, but the want to with doing so is certainly there with Jacobs. A well-put-together and chiseled frame throughout, he’s able to put his structure to good use as a run defender when fully engaged.

Versatility: Jacobs has some experience with playing inside. Primarily utilized as an outside corner during his time at Arkansas State, there were some moments where they slid him inside to have a speedy defender that could run with slot options. That type of versatility and experience could help him on the next level as playing in the slot isn’t a foreign concept to him.

Competitive Toughness: Extremely competitive at the catch point and at moments as a tackler, Jacobs has plenty of toughness when matched up against wideouts. Also a huge talker, he makes his presence known with verbal battles as well. He exemplifies the confidence needed at the position.

Functional Athleticism: Mirroring sudden breakpoints can be challenging for him as he has some stiffness in his hips. Allowed separation at the top of routes was noticeable, as he has some stutter steps when matching routes run against him when in man coverage. 

Football IQ: Because of his experience in multiple schemes as well as being coverage diverse, he’s been able to add little nuances to better help his game. Route recognition is one that's on the list, as he became accustomed to reading and reacting to certain patterns in his zone.

Run Defending: Still needing work on his consistency as a run defender, he possesses the intensity required to be successful at doing so. Reactionary quickness with attacking the run will need to be better as will be his form as a tackler as well. If able to sharpen up those areas, he’d qualify as a perimeter asset that can be relied upon against the run.

Length: Having more of a compact and muscular frame, Jacobs doesn’t qualify as a lengthy player at the position. Despite his lack of length, he has the density to make up for it. An extreme competitor that has an understanding of how to crowd throwing windows, he doesn’t let his length limitations keep him from remaining active in those areas.

SCOUT GRADES

TDN Consensus: To Be Determined

Jordan Reid: 65/100

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