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2021 NFL Draft Prospect: Kordell Jackson, DB, Austin Peay State University

Kordell Jackson is one of the best small school defensive backs in the FCS. 

By: Brandon Gubitosa

The Birmingham, Alabama native led all Austin Peay defenders with seven interceptions last season. Kordell Jackson has dominated his competition since arriving on campus in 2017.

In 3 seasons, Jackson bolsts 121 tackles, 10 interceptions and 25 passes defended. Two of his seven interceptions last year were taken the distance.The junior defensive back finished last season in sixth-place in the annual Buchanan Award, given to the nation’s top defensive player.

Kordell made NFL Draft Diamonds Small School Rankings

Just how dominant has Jackson been since 2017? In each of his three years with the program he has nabbed First-Team All-American honors. The shutdown corner was named the FCS top defensive back in 2019, as well as First-Team FCS All-American.

Make no mistake here people, Jackson can ball out. The 5-foot-11 lock down corner will have all eyes on him this season. Expect Jackson to become a nickelback corner and special team specialist at the next level.

Scouting Notes

Kordell is a gamer with great instincts. The Birmingham native was an interception machine last year. He seemed to always be around the football and making plays for the Governors. He is solid in man coverage and flourishes in zone. He is not afraid to play bump-n-run, and will lay wood on wide outs. He finished last season with 38 solo tackles, and 47 total tackles, which means one thing, when he gets his hands on you, you are coming down. – Damond Talbot – NFL Draft Diamonds Owner

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