Jerry Jacobs NFL Draft Prospect Profile

Jerry Jacobs NFL Draft Profile, Highlights and NFL Comparison

  • 2021 NFL Draft
  • 2021 NFL Draft Prospects
  • Arkansas
  • Arkansas Razorbacks
  • Arkansas State
  • Arkansas State Red Wolves
  • CB
  • CGS
  • College Gridiron Showcase
  • cornerback
  • DB
  • Defensive Back
  • Draft
  • Draft Prospect
  • Jerry Jacobs
  • NFl Draft
  • Prospect Profile
  • SBC
  • Scouting Report
  • SEC
  • Sun Belt Conference
By Mitchell Wolfe February 23, 2021 0 Comment
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Jerry Jacobs is a 2021 NFL Draft Prospect

Jerry Jacobs is a cornerback from Arkansas and a prospect in the upcoming 2021 NFL Draft. Jacobs played in four games for the Razorbacks with three starts this season before opting out. In his four games during the 2020 season, Jacobs recorded 17 tackles (all solos) with one tackle for loss. According to Pro Football Focus, he ranked 306th among cornerbacks (20% snap minimum) with an Overall grade of 59.4 (63.0 Coverage, 40.2 Run Defense, 61.4 Tackling, 57.4 Pass Rush).

Jacobs was an exceptional athlete, lettering in football, baseball, lacrosse, and track & field. He was a three-star recruit coming out of high school but elected to go to junior college for his first season. Jacobs earned first-team all-conference honors, making 39 tackles and 4 interceptions in 12 games. He then transferred to Arkansas State to compete at the FBS level.

Jacobs earned immediate playing time at Arkansas State, playing in all 13 games in 2018, starting all but two games. He finished second in the Sun Belt Conference in passes broken up (12) and interceptions (4). In 2019, Jacobs tore his ACL in the third game of the season against Georgia. After the season, he elected to transfer to Arkansas but opted out of the season after four games to begin preparing for the draft.

In the NFL, Jacobs projects as a nickel/slot corner that can contribute immediately. Despite only playing in seven games the last two years, Jacobs is a very refined player. He has great technique in his feet and his hands. His hip fluidity and athletic ability make him well-suited to match up against quick slot receivers. Furthermore, Jacobs is a very confident player, a necessary quality for a defensive back. With all that being said, Jacobs is a little on the smaller side and has short arms, indicating he could struggle against bigger receivers on the outside. Nevertheless, the role of slot corner has never been more in vogue.

READ MORE: 2021 College Gridiron Showcase Defensive Standouts

Scouting Capsule

Jerry Jacobs NFL Draft Prospect Profile

Scouting Capsules compiled by The Brawl Network Draft Analysts Daniel Kitchen and Mitchell Wolfe.

Measurements

At the College Gridiron Showcase, Jerry Jacobs measured in at 5 feet and 10 1/8 inches (5101) and 209 pounds. His hands are 9 3/8″ and his arms are 30 5/8″. At Arkansas, he was listed at 5’11” and 203 pounds.

Highlights

College Gridiron Showcase Highlight Videos Courtesy of Bengals Brawl Host Josh Cavalcante.

Positives

  • Good short-range athletic ability: agility, explosiveness, change of direction
  • Very good foot technique to mirror and not give up separation at the release
  • Good hand technique as well, able to jam receivers at the line and does not get out-manned by slot receivers
  • Solid in Zone coverage from Off alignments as well
  • Good trigger coming downhill to stop the run, willing to mix it up against blockers and running backs
  • Aggressive, confident mentality; great for a cornerback

Weaknesses

  • Long-range athletic ability (acceleration, foot speed) could be a problem in the NFL
  • Size profile (height, arm length) could limit him to playing in the slot; forced to play Off coverage vs bigger receivers
  • Only one full season of competition at the FBS level; injuries could be a concern.

NFL Comparison

David Long Jr. (Los Angeles Rams 2019-Present)

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I cover and write about the NFL, the NFL Draft, and the Pittsburgh Steelers. I am originally from Hershey, PA and was raised a Pittsburgh sports fan. I went to Boston College for undergrad and am currently finishing a Master's degree in Sports Business at Temple University, concentrating in Sport Analytics.

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