Bills close draft on defense, pick CB Dane Jackson 239th overall


With the 239th overall pick in the 7th round of the 2020 NFL Draft, the Buffalo Bills selected cornerback Dane Jackson from Pittsburgh.

The former Pitt Panther has plenty of experience at the collegiate level (2,760 career snaps). He earned 76.8, 79.5, and 79.1 Pro Football Focus grades in his three years as starter, respectively. Last year, Jackson allowed just 27 receptions on 57 targets for 278 yards, but he struggled in the red zone, allowing five TDs.

At 6’0″ and 187 pounds, Jackson is an aggressive corner who tackles well and excels in press coverage. He doesn’t back down from any receiver but is limited athletically, which could make his transition to the NFL tougher. His arm length (30 3/8″), 40-yard dash (4.57 seconds), 3-cone drill (7.07 seconds), and 20-yard shuttle (4.27 seconds) were all way below average and could translate to problems against better competition on the next level.

Jackson could mature into a viable option in the slot, where his tenacity and tackling ability would shine without being exposed in one-on-one situations down the field. He’s probably a year away from contributing. One season in an NFL weight room should do wonders for his game.