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New York Giants draft CB Bennett Jackson in sixth round

  1. scouting report: Intriguing height and athletic ability. A former WR, he has good hands to intercept. Demonstrated explosion and lateral agility at the combine, recording impressive marks in the vertical jump (38 inches), broad jump (10 feet, 8 inches) and 20-yard shuttle (4.00 seconds). Tough and durable. Has special-teams experience. Has leadership traits and solid football and personal character.


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2. Arrived at Notre Dame as a wide receiver in 2010 and saw action in 13 games as a true freshman. Returned 29 kickoffs for 645 yards (22.2-yard average). Also recorded 10 special-teams tackles. In 2011, was primarily used on special teams as he made the conversion from wide receiver to cornerback, appearing in 13 games. Had 18 tackles, including seven on special teams, and returned three kickoffs for 32 yards (10.7). Ran the 60-meter high hurdles for the Notre Dame track team during the 2012 indoor season. In the fall, he moved into a full-time role in the secondary, starting 13 games at cornerback and tallying 65 tackles, four pass breakups and four interceptions with 1.5 tackles for loss. Played all year with a torn right labrum, which required off-season surgery. Started all 13 games in 2013 and registered 64 tackles, three pass breakups and two INTs with five tackles for loss and one forced fumble. Scored his first touchdown for the Irish on a 34-yard interception return against Purdue. Team captain.

  1. Measurables: Height 6-0, Weight 195 lbs., Arm Length 31 3/8", Hands 9 ¼"
  1. Jackson's place in the Irish record books: Single-Game Kickoff Returns (Oct. 23, 2010 vs. Navy, 6, t-3rd), Single-Game Kickoff Returns (Oct. 30, 2010 vs. Tulsa, 6, t-3rd), Single-Season Kickoff Returns (2010, 29, 4th), Single-Season Kickoff Return Yards (2010, 645, 5th), Single-Season Kickoff/Punt Return Yards (2010, 645, 9th).
  1. A native of Hazlet, N.J., Jackson was named the second-best wide receiver in New Jersey by SuperPrep and recorded 40 receptions for 729 yards and rushed 20 times for 350 yards as senior in 2009 at Raritan High School in Hazlet, N.J. He also played defensive back and intercepted four passes in 2009, leading Raritan to 8-3 record in 2009. He was named second-team all-state, first-team all-area and first-team all-Group 2 following senior season by Newark Star-Ledger.

Photos from the Giants 6th round draft pick, Notre Dame CB Bennett Jackson

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