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NFL Draft Profile: Kearis Jackson, Wide Receiver, Georgia Bulldogs

NFL Draft profile scouting report for Georgia WR Kearis Jackson

Kearis Jackson
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#10
Pos: WR
Ht: 5112
Wt: 200
40: 4.54
DOB: 12/9/1999
Hometown: Fort Valley, GA
High School: Peach County
Eligibility: 2023

Kearis Jackson
Georgia Bulldogs


One-Liner:

Vertical slot receiver with above average speed. Lacks ankle flexion and fights the football. Outside shot to make a roster.

Evaluation:

Deployed as a slot receiver in a vertical offense, Jackson is mainly asked to run deep and intermediate routes, which suits his ability to keep his pads square and sink his hips into breaks. Despite fighting the ball, he comes down with more catches in traffic than expected, laying out for passes. After the catch, Jackson displays great vision and uses his above average speed to pick up extra yards. He is a serviceable blocker with good effort. Ankle stiffness prevents him from getting into his breaks and turning tight corners. Jackson lets the ball get into his chest frequently and does not have the hands to catch the ball on a reliable basis. He gets bumped off of his route by physical defenders. When releasing he uses his hands, showing a lack of suddenness. Jackson does not improvise in his routes, failing to adjust to coverage. A lack of urgency against zone coverage, causes him to be late into windows. Deep and intermediate slot receiver with good vision after the catch. Jackson has above average speed and is able to sink his hips. Ankle stiffness and a habit of fighting the football prevent him from separating and catching the ball reliably. Jackson projects as a camp wideout who is best as a slot receiver in a vertical offense. He has an outside shot of making a roster if he can contribute on special teams. 

Grade:

7th Round

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Background: 

Kearis Jackson is returning to the national champions in 2022 and will look to be a key target on offense. In 2020, Jackson was the Bulldogs leading receiver and also the leading punter and kickoff returner for the team. Jackson has tremendous leadership skills as he was the team captain in 2021 versus South Carolina. He was a four star recruit coming out of high school and according to ESPN, was the thirty eighth rankled national prospect. In 2021, Jackson majoried and earned his degree in Housing Management and Policy from Georgia. He was also awarded the Vickie and Leon Farmer and Joe Maxwell Family Scholarship. Raised in Fort Valley, Georgia. Lettered in football and track winning the 2017 Class 3A shot put championship in high school. Named one of three student representatives on the University of Georgia Athletics Board of Directors. UGA's representative at the SEC Football Leadership Council. Named team captain twice as a junior.