Originally Posted by tru80texan
"NFL Ready" normally equates to being ready to play day 1 in any scheme in the NFL from what I've come to learn. Those that have limitations are normally described as such w/ descriptions such as "cover 2 type" or "press cb". Normally meaning they lack in 1 style while possibly being better suited for the other. KJ was just described as "NFL ready" by the Texans FO which includes a seasoned NFL coach & former DB for a GM. Obviously KJ was not "NFL ready" regardless of scheme & it seems he was evaluated improperly by those that chose him. It seems that Vance is at least willing to admit that even if some of us remain in denial.
I think KJ can get better, but at least it was nice to finally see some noticeable improvement. Hopefully it continues.
When KJ revealed that he was going to enter the NFL Draft after his Junior year at Alabama, Saban specifically (made widely public) told him he was not NFL ready. The Texans knew this............yet the Texans' brain trust, just like KJ himself, knew better and still said he was NFL ready (immediately ready to start at CB) simply based on the fact that he was coming from Saban's Alabama pro style sets. Saban told him he needed to return for his senior year to adequately prepare for his NFL debut.
Tide's Kareem Jackson passes on Saban's advice, enters NFL draft
Published: Saturday, January 16, 2010, 10:24 AM
TUSCALOOSA -- Alabama junior cornerback Kareem Jackson said it was "a real tough decision," but one he'd made a while ago.
Jackson said Friday he will forego his senior season at Alabama and enter the 2010 NFL draft. Friday was the deadline for underclassmen to declare.
After the BCS national title game, Jackson returned home to discuss the situation with family. He then came back to Tuscaloosa and met with Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban, who advised Jackson to return for another year.
"We had a couple of conversations about it," Jackson told the Press-Register. "He thought that I should come back for my senior year, but it was good. We left things on good terms. He told me he'd help me any way he can.
"He just gave me his opinion on it, and regardless of the situation, that's my coach and I respect him. He's made me the player that I am. I have to give all the credit to him."
Jackson said he had made up his mind to leave early but waited to publicly reveal it.
"I think I made the right decision," he said. "I'm pretty confident about it. I'm just ready to get to work and kind of prove myself to be a player at the next level."
The Texans continued to keep the myth going.:
Texans coach Gary Kubiak said that first-round CB Kareem Jackson is "way ahead" of where most rookies are right now.
Jackson is already running with the first team and he'll almost certainly be there on opening day. The 20th overall pick benefited greatly from playing in Nick Saban's defense at Alabama and we don't expect him to be a liability as a rookie.
Source: Houston Chronicle
Wed, Jun 2, 2010 09:19:00 AM