PRO: The Titans added the versatile and electric Adoree’ Jackson with the 18th overall pick in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft, and Jackson proceeded to start every game during his rookie season at cornerback while also serving as the team’s primary kick returner. The 5-foot-11-inch, 185-pound playmaker possesses game-breaking speed but is also a proven and willing tackler. He also can contribute on the offensive side of the ball. During his three-year stint at Southern California, he scored 15 total touchdowns in four different ways: via reception (six), interception (one), punt return (four) and kickoff return (four).
• In 2017, Jackson was the first rookie cornerback for the team in the “Titans era” (1999–present) to record 16 starts. His 1,260 total plays (1,017 defensive snaps, 231 special teams snaps and 12 offensive snaps) ranked second in the NFL among all players behind only Arizona Cardinals safety Tyrann Mathieu (1,261).
• Jackson led the Titans with 23 passes defensed as a rookie.
• Jackson was awarded the 2016 Jim Thorpe Award as college football’s top defensive back.
• At Southern California, Jackson tied two NCAA records with eight career touchdowns on kick returns and nine touchdowns on all runbacks. He also set USC career records with 2,141 kickoff return yards and 79 kickoff returns.
• Jackson was a long jumper and sprinter on USC’s track team in the springs of 2015 and 2016, winning the Pac-12 outdoor long jump title both years (and placing second in the Pac-12 100 meters in 2016) and earning All-American status both years after twice placing fifth in the NCAA long jump. He also placed 10th in the long jump during the U.S. Olympic Trials.
• Jackson lists his parents, Chris and Vianca Jackson, as the people that inspire him the most. “They’ve always steered me in the right direction. All of their experiences and guidance helped get me where I’m at.”
• Vianca Jackson, a survivor of breast cancer, served as the team’s Honorary 12th Titan prior to the team’s 2017 Breast Cancer Awareness Game (Oct. 16).
• Jackson is a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups enthusiast. He names creator Harry Burnett Reese as a historical person he would have loved to meet. “He’s a genius. That’s by far and away my favorite candy. I eat that like it ain’t nothing.”
• Jackson watched the movie “Space Jam” continuously as a child to the point he memorized most of the movie.
• During the 2018 offseason, Jackson worked with Microsoft to host children from the Boys & Girls Club in Nashville and Los Angeles at parties where they could compete with him in video games Fortnite and Forza Motorsport.
• The East St. Louis, Ill., native was selected by the Titans in the first round (18th overall) of the 2017 NFL Draft.
• In three seasons at Southern California, posted 139 tackles, 29 passes defensed, six interceptions including one for a touchdown, six stops for loss, three fumble recoveries and two forced fumbles on defense. Notched 39 receptions for 628 yards with six touchdowns and 15 carries for 92 yards on offense. As a return specialist, notched 79 kickoff returns for 2,141 yards with four touchdowns and 46 punt returns for 578 yards with four touchdowns on special teams. In his career, he scored 15 touchdowns in four different ways: via reception (six), interception (one), punt return (four) and kickoff return (four). Registered 37 career starts (34 at cornerback, one at safety, one at wide receiver and one concurrently at cornerback and wide receiver).
• Tied the NCAA records for most career touchdowns on kick returns (eight) and all runbacks (nine). Owns the USC career records for kickoff return yardage (2,141 yards) and kickoff returns (79) and his 27.1 career kick return average is second in USC annals. Ranks fifth on USC’s all-time punt return list (578 yards) and his four career punt return touchdowns is tied for the school record.
• As a junior (2016), started all 13 games at cornerback, and collected 55 tackles, a team-best 11 deflections, a team-high five interceptions, a team-best two fumble recoveries and two tackles for loss on defense. Returned 26 kickoffs for 767 yards with two touchdowns and 20 punts for 315 yards with two touchdowns on special teams on special teams. Notched seven carries for 51 yards and two receptions for 76 yards with a touchdown while playing 18 plays on offense. Ranked second nationally in punt return touchdowns (two, first in Pac-12), second in kickoff return touchdowns (two, first in Pac-12), third in punt returns (15.8, first in Pac-12), sixth in kickoff returns (29.5, first in Pac-12), 18th in interceptions (0.4, third in Pac-12) and 19th in passes defended (1.2, third in Pac-12).
• Won the 2016 Thorpe Award and was among four finalists for the Hornung Award and four finalists for the Lott IMPACT Trophy. Was named a 2016 consensus All-American first teamer by AP (cornerback), Football Writers (punt returner), Football Coaches (all-purpose player), Walter Camp (defensive back; second team kick returner), Sporting News (cornerback), ESPN (all-purpose player), Sports Illustrated (all-purpose player; second team returner), Phil Steele (punt returner; second team all-purpose player and third team defensive back and kick returner) and a second teamer by USA Today (returner).
• Named the 2016 Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year and made the All-Pac-12 first team at two positions (defensive back and return specialist).
• As a team captain, named USC’s 2016 Most Valuable Player (the first Trojan to repeat as team MVP since 2004-05 and only the ninth to win the honor twice since the award was first presented in 1967), as well as USC’s Special Teams Player of the Year and Defensive Perimeter Player of the Year.
• As a sophomore (2015), started 12 games at cornerback, one contest at safety and one game at wide receiver. Notched 35 tackles, eight pass deflections, a forced fumble and an interception for a touchdown on defense. Registered 27 receptions for 414 yards with two touchdowns and seven carries for 36 yards on offense. Recorded 30 kickoff returns for 690 yards and 24 punt returns for 251 yards with two touchdowns on special teams. He was the only player nationally with at least 400 receiving yards, 600 kickoff return yards, 200 punt return yards and 30 tackles.
• Was named to the 2015 All-Pac-12 first team (defensive back) and second team (return specialist), AP All-Pac-12 first team (defensive back) and Phil Steele All-Pac-12 first team (defensive back) and second team (punt returner). He was also named USC’s MVP.
• As a freshman (2014), made an impact on defense, offense and special teams as a cornerback, wide receiver and returner. Appeared in all 13 games with 10 starts at cornerback and one start concurrently at wide receiver. Recorded 49 tackles, including four stops for losses, 10 passes defensed, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery on defense. Added 10 receptions for 138 yards with three touchdowns and one carry for five yards on offense. Posted 23 kickoff returns for 684 yards with two touchdowns and two punt returns for 12 yards.
• Named Sporting News Freshman All-American first team, USA Today Freshman All-American first team and ESPN.com True Freshman All-American first team.
• Named the 2014 Pac-12 Defensive Freshman of the Year and made All-Pac-12 honorable mention (all-purpose player).
• Majored in communications with a real estate minor at Southern California.
• Attended Serra (Gardena, Calif.) High School and was named 2013 USA Today All-USA first team, Parade All-American first team, Prep Star All-American Dream Team, Max Preps All-American first team, Student Sports All-American first team, ESPN 300, Max Preps All-American Medium Schools first team, Cal-Hi Sports California Mr. Football, Cal-Hi Sports All-State first team, Max Preps All-State Division II first team, All-CIF Western Division Defensive Player of the Year, Los Angeles Times All-Area, Orange County Register Fab 15 first team, South Bay Daily Breeze All-South Bay Player of the Year, Wave Newspapers All-West Region Player of the Year and All-Mission League MVP.
• As a senior (2013), played wide receiver, running back, defensive back and return specialist. He ran for 639 yards on 66 carries with five touchdowns and caught 38 passes for 812 yards with seven touchdowns on offense, plus he had 36 tackles, six interceptions (three for touchdowns), eight deflections and a forced fumble on defense and he had three additional touchdowns on returns. He played in the 2013 CIF Western Division final and had a 92-yard punt return and a 93-yard kickoff return in the game.
• As a junior (2012), he was named Cal-Hi Sports All-State first team, Cal-Hi Sports All-State Junior first team, All-CIF Western Division Defensive Player of the Year, Los Angeles Times All-Area, South Bay Daily Breeze All-South Bay Player of the Year, Los Angeles Wave Player of the Year and All-Mission League Defensive MVP. He had 33 receptions for 546 yards with five touchdowns and 175 yards on seven carries with five touchdowns on offense, plus he had 56 tackles, five interceptions, seven passes defensed, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery on defense and averaged 37.8 yards on 12 punts. Serra won the 2012 CIF Western Division and he had a 78-yard touchdown run on a fake punt in the game. Serra also won the CIF state championship Division II bowl game and he had a 95-yard run on a fake punt in the game.
• As a sophomore (2011), had two receptions for 39 yards and made 23 tackles, six interceptions and 10 pass deflections.
• During his freshman year in high school, he went to Belleville (Ill.) East High School. He moved to California prior to his sophomore year in high school.
• Was also on Serra’s track team and finished with career bests of 10.68 in the 100 meters, 21.59 in the 200 and 25-5.25 in the long jump. Serra won the 2013 CIF state championship while he placed second in the long jump at 24-7. He won the 2012 state long jump title at 20-0.5 and was named the 2012 Cal-Hi Sports California Sophomore Athlete of the Year and 2013 Cal-Hi Sports California Junior Athlete of the Year.
• Was also a guard on Serra’s basketball team.
• List of favorites: (movie) “Space Jam”; (TV show) Food Network shows, “Love & Hip Hop,” “Scandal,” “How To Get Away with Murder”; (musician or band) Drake, ASAP Rocky; (food) Chinese food and Imo’s Pizza; (guilty pleasure) Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups; (sports teams as a child) Chicago Bulls, St. Louis Rams, St. Louis Cardinals and (athlete as a child) Reggie Bush.
• Follow Jackson on Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat at @AdoreeKnows.
• Born Adoree’ Jackson on Sept. 18, 1995 in East St. Louis, Ill.