Maryland cornerback JC Jackson declares early for NFL draft

Junior cornerback JC Jackson will forgo his senior season at Maryland and enter the NFL draft, he announced Saturday on Instagram.

"Maryland has provided a home for me the past 2 years and nothing has made me prouder to be a Terrapin,” he wrote. “After thinking long and hard about what my future holds, I have officially declared to forgo my senior year and enter the 2018 #NFL Draft.”

Jackson has been Maryland’s top cornerback since transferring from a junior college last season. The former highly touted recruit’s career begun at Florida, where he was arrested in connection with an armed robbery in April 2015. He later was found not guilty of four felony charges.

In College Park, Jackson reunited with coach DJ Durkin, who coached him for a season on the Gators. The 6-foot-1, 193-pound Jackson started in a combined 23 games over the past two seasons, leading the team in pass breakups in 2016 and tying for the team lead in interceptions (three) this fall. He received All-Big Ten Conference honorable mention last month.

According to, Jackson ranks as the No. 11 cornerback prospect in the 2018 draft and projects as a second- to fourth-round pick.

Jackson is the first Terps player to decide on his NFL future this offseason. Maryland also is awaiting decisions from offensive linemen Derwin Gray and Damian Prince and wide receiver DJ Moore, who indicated that he will turn pro.

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