NFL Draft: LSU CB Donte Jackson picked by the Carolina Panthers

Carolina Panthers select LSU's Donte Jackson in 2nd-round of NFL Draft

The three-year Tar Heel's season ended early last fall after a season-ending knee injury against Louisville in week two.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - The Panthers enter the final day of the National Football League draft Saturday with six picks thanks to a trade by general manager Marty Hurney.

"I can get out of bed and run fast", said Jackson, "and I don't think a lot of guys can say that". "An exciting player - I'm just going to bring something new to the game every week, so it's going to be something to look out for". The 6-foot, 237-pound linebacker is likely to play on special teams as a rookie.

In LSU's upset victory over Auburn, Jackson had four passes defensed in the fourth quarter alone, three of them coming on three consecutive attempts; his natural position is on the outside where he is expected to compete with Ross Cockrell to start opposite James Bradberry. A season-ending knee injury early past year kept him from flashing on tape again, but he has a nose for the football, especially in the run game. The Panthers have two more picks to make - barring any trades - in the seventh round, the 234th and 242nd overall selections. He started 12 of 13 games and had 49 tackles, an interception and 10 pass breakups.

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