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Titans Select Marshall’s Chris Jackson in Seventh Round of Saturday’s NFL Draft

Chris Jackson of the Tennessee Titans

New Titans defensive back Chris Jackson isn’t sure what position he’ll play in the NFL, but he knows this: He’s ready to compete.

The Titans selected the Marshall defender in the seventh round (243rd overall) in Saturday’s NFL Draft.

Jackson played mainly at cornerback at Marshall, but he could compete in a number of positions with the Titans, including nickel and safety.

“Today, I was overfilled with joy,” Jackson said after being picked. “I am just happy to be a Titan. I am just truly happy to be a Titan.”

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Jackson (6-0, 186) ended his four-year career at Marshall as one of the school’s most decorated defensive backs. He finished his career with 48 career starts, No. 14 all-time at Marshall.

He also ranks No. 1 in Marshall history in passes broken up with 45, and he ranks No.2 in program history in most passes defended (interceptions and passes broken up combined) with 52.

As a senior, Jackson started 12 games and he was named first team Conference USA after recording 25 tackles with one interception and a team-high 11 pass breakups.

“Any team that picked me, I just wanted to get there and contribute any way I can,” Jackson said. “I expect to do whatever the coaches need me to do – if that’s playing corner, if that’s playing safety, if that’s playing every snap on special teams. I feel like either position suits me well. Whatever the coaches need me to do, that’s what I plan to do.

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“It is not what I want, it is whatever helps the team win on Sundays.”

In addition to his work in the secondary, Jackson will have a chance to earn an opportunity on special teams.

Jackson said he received a lot of interest in the draft process, and he said a lot of teams inquired on Saturday about signing him as an undrafted free agent if he didn’t get picked.

After trading away one of their seventh-round picks (for Kansas City’s sixth-round pick in 2021), the Titans snagged him.

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“He was really productive, a really athletic guy,” Titans General Manager Jon Robinson said of Jackson. “And he is a versatile guy, and he has really good production. I think he has seven picks in his career, so he finds the football. He ran well. He’ll mix into the group and try and carve out a role for himself. He has played a couple of different spots and we’ll see how much he can handle, and see where he fits in in the pecking order of that group. We look forward to working with him.”

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