Donte Jackson
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Jackson with the Carolina Panthers in 2018
No. 26 – Carolina Panthers
Personal information
New Orleans, Louisiana
Height:5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight:180 lb (82 kg)
Career information
High school:Riverdale (Jefferson, Louisiana)
NFL Draft:2018 / Round: 2 / Pick: 55
Career history
* Carolina Panthers ( 2018–present)
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
* Second-team All-American (2017)
  • Second-team All-SEC (2017)
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Total tackles:73
Forced fumbles:1
Fumble recoveries:0
Pass deflections:9
Player stats at

Donte Jackson (born November 8, 1995) is an American football cornerback for the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at LSU.

Early yearsEdit

Jackson attended Riverdale High School in Jefferson, Louisiana. He committed to Louisiana State University (LSU) to play college football.[1][2]

College careerEdit

Jackson played at LSU from 2015 to 2017 under head coaches Les Miles and Ed Orgeron.[3][4] After his junior season in 2017, he decided to forgo his senior year and enter the 2018 NFL Draft.[5][6] During his career he had 110 tackles, four interceptions and one sack. Jackson was an accomplished sprinter on LSU's track and field team. He has personal bests of 6.63 and 10.22 in the 60 and 100 meters, respectively. He was named the fastest player in college football in 2017.[7][8]

Professional careerEdit

On January 9, 2018, Jackson released a statement on his Twitter account announcing his decision to forgo his remaining eligibility to enter the 2018 NFL Draft.[9] He attended the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis and performed the majority of drills before developing cramps. Jackson's 40-yard dash tied Tulane's Parry Nickerson and Ohio State's Denzel Ward for the best time among all players at the NFL Combine.[10]

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16px Donte Jackson's NFL Combine Workout
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On April 4, 2018, Jackson participated at LSU's pro day and performed the 40-yard dash (4.31s), 20-yard dash (2.54s), (1.54s), vertical jump (37"), and broad jump (10'2"). At the conclusion of the pre-draft process, he was projected to be a second round pick by NFL draft experts and scouts. He was ranked as the sixth best cornerback prospect in the draft by and NFL analyst Mike Mayock.[11][12]

Pre-draft measureables
Ht WtArm lengthHand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
5 ft 10½ in 178 lb29½ in8¾ in 4.32 s 1.55 s 2.54 s 37 in 10 ft 4 in 7 reps

The Carolina Panthers selected Jackson in the second round (55th overall) of the 2018 NFL Draft. He was the sixth cornerback drafted in 2018.[13]

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On May 10, 2018, the Carolina Panthers signed Jackson to a four-year, $4.81 million contract that includes $2.27 million guaranteed and a signing bonus of $1.58 million.[14] In Week 2, against the Atlanta Falcons, he recorded his first career interception.[15] In Week 3, against the Cincinnati Bengals, Jackson recorded two interceptions in the 31–21 victory.[16] He finished the season starting all 16 games, recording 74 combined tackles, a sack, nine pass deflections, and a team-leading four interceptions, which also led all rookies.


  1. "Four-star cornerback Donte Jackson commits to LSU". Sports Illustrated. January 21, 2015. Retrieved April 3, 2018.
  2. Walker, Rod (January 1, 2016). "Riverdale's Donte Jackson on picking LSU: 'Prayed about it ... all signs pointed to' Tigers". The Advocate. Retrieved April 3, 2018.
  3. "Les Miles On Donte Jackson: "He's Physical, He's Bright And The Panthers Will Enjoy Him..."" (in en). WFNZ. May 1, 2018.
  4. ""A Tyrann Mathieu type," LSU's John Battle says of versatile DB Donte "Action" Jackson" (in en-US). USA TODAY Sports. November 14, 2017.
  5. Speeding to the NFL: LSU's Donte Jackson to skip final season, declare for draft
  6. LSU cornerback Donte Jackson declares for 2018 NFL Draft
  7. LSU’s Donte’ Jackson takes over as fastest CFB player in the nation
  8. LSU’s Donte Jackson brings speed to the game
  9. Crewe, Paul (January 9, 2018). "Donte Jackson Declares for NFL Draft". Retrieved August 1, 2018.
  10. Goodbread, Chase (March 5, 2018). "Donte Jackson comes up short in pursuit of Combine 40 record". Retrieved August 1, 2018.
  11. "*Donte Jackson, DS #6 CB, LSU". Retrieved August 1, 2018.
  12. Mayock, Mike (April 24, 2018). "Mike Mayock's 2018 NFL Draft top 100 prospect rankings". Retrieved August 1, 2018.
  13. Strickland, Bryan (April 27, 2018). "Panthers draft Donte Jackson in second round". Retrieved May 20, 2018.
  14. " Donte Jackson contract". Retrieved August 1, 2018.
  15. "Panthers Highlights: Watch Donte Jackson's first career NFL interception" (in en-US). USA Today. September 16, 2018.
  16. "Newton leads Panthers past Bengals, 31-21" (in en-US). Blowing Rock News.

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