’05 NFL Draft – Round 1

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With the 29th overall pick in the '05 draft, the Indianapolis Colts take Marlin Jackson (CB, Michigan, 6'0", 198, 4.59). NFL Draft Countdown profiles Jackson:

Strengths: Great size...Excellent athlete...Very physical and aggressive...Good speed with the ability to close in a hurry...Technique is impressive...Really steps up and rises to the occasion when facing top wideouts.
Weaknesses: Had a down junior season when he was moved to safety...Character might be a concern after some off the field troubles in 2003...Inconsistent at times and may lack top awareness...Some teams could project him to safety.
Notes: Bounced back nicely as a senior when he made the move back to his natural cornerback position...Should vie to be one of the top cornerbacks off the board come April of '05 but workouts will be paramount.

An upgrade to the defensive secondary, but I'm still curious what will be done to shore up the d-line...

UPDATE: More profiles - NFL.com, On The Clock, HoustonProFootball.com

UPDATE II: The Sports Frog nailed the pick in his mock draft.