Jackson ranks top half in 40

TYLER JAMES
South Bend Tribune

The NFL Scouting Combine closed on Tuesday with one final former Notre Dame player showing off his skills.

On a day designated for defensive backs, cornerback Bennett Jackson showed his athleticism and track background with strong performances against the clock.

Jackson recorded a time of 4.51 seconds in the 40-yard dash which placed him in a tie for 13th of the 31 cornerbacks to run. He finished tied for first in the 20-yard shuttle with a time of four seconds.

Jackson also showed explosion in the jumping categories. He finished third with a broad jump of 128 inches and ninth with a vertical jump of 38 inches.

While Tuesday’s numbers will help, Jackson’s biggest question marks will come on the strength side with his ability to tackle and jam NFL wide receivers.

Earlier in the Combine, Jackson benched pressed 225 pounds 13 times, which slated him in a tie at 19th of the 34 cornerbacks to lift.

NFL.com offers the following review of Jackson: “Looks the part, but strength, technical and instinctual deficiencies are too significant to overlook. Did not distinguish himself enough as a senior to be considered more than a developmental prospect.”

Former Notre Dame defensive back Bennett Jackson ran the 40-yard dash in 4.51 seconds at the NFL combine Tuesday in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)