Kearis Jackson NFL Draft Scouting Report
WR, Georgia Bulldogs
Kearis Jackson is a backup wide receiver for the Georgia Bulldogs. He was a four-star recruit and top prospect in the state of Georgia. Along with football, Jackson lettered in track and field as a sprinter/discus thrower. He competed in the 100-meter, 200-meter, 400-meter, and discus events. Athleticism was always a strength for Jackson. His career at Georgia showed promise but never took off as some hoped.
Jackson has a nice dense frame/build. Operating predominantly out of the slot, Jackson uses the two-way go to set up defenders and read leverage before the snap. His track background comes into play on vertical routes. Once he’s charged up, Jackson can roll past flat-footed or delayed-reaction defenders. Over his career, he averages more than 14 yards per catch. He is accustomed to running shorter route variations in the quick passing game. Jackson understands how to stem and attack off-coverage man defense. I like his ability to attack defensive backs moving off their spot to free his designed route path.
Jackson saw a limited amount of snaps in Georgia’s run and tight end-centric offense. There are not many reps versus press or tight alignment. Jackson is given free releases, at times, by the design of the offense due to his pre-snap alignment. Although Jackson has the frame and listed measurements to play on the outside, he has exclusively played in the slot. He has not showcased his offensive versatility headed to the next level.
As a prospect, Jackson is a roster depth option at wide receiver. Due to his usage and snap share for the Bulldogs, projecting him as anything other than this would be difficult. His punt/kick return skill set gives him a chance at making the final roster. With 77 combined returns in his career, this is where he can make an impact.
Top Reasons to Buy In:
- Kick/punt return value
- Combination of height, weight, and speed
- Potential gadget option
Top Reasons For Concern:
- Lack of production
- Limited reps
- Alignment versatility
Size (NFL Combine):
Height: 5′ 11”
Weight: 196 lbs
Arm Length: 31 1/4”
Hand Size: 9 3/8”
Athletic Testing (NFL Combine):
40-yard Dash: 4.55s
Vertical Jump: TBD
Broad Jump: 10′ 6”
Bench Reps: TBD
Ideal Role: Rotational depth receiver and kick/punt returner
Scheme Fit: Quick passing with run-after-catch opportunities
TDN Consensus Grade: 71.50/100 (Fifth-Round Value)
- Parson Grade: 71.50/100
Written By: Damian Parson
Exposures: Mississippi State (2022), Oregon (2022), Missouri (2022)
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