Eddie Jackson should help overhaul Bears secondary

The Bears' safeties were among the league's worst in 2016, leading to the team drafting Jackson in the fourth round.

| 4 weeks ago
(AP Photo/Eric Gay)

(AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Eddie Jackson should help overhaul Bears secondary

  • The Bears traded up five spots to select former Alabama S Eddie Jackson in the fourth round (pick 112) of the NFL draft. Jackson had his 2016 season cut short by a season-ending leg injury.
  • While his run defense is not great, Jackson excels in pass coverage. Targeted only 11 times in seven games in 2016, Jackson allowed a passer rating of 38.8. In his three seasons, he allowed a combined rating of 65.0.
  • Pass defense was a clear problem for the Bears’ secondary in 2016. Adrian Amos and Harold Jones-Quartey, last year’s starting safeties for the Bears, allowed passer ratings of 127.9 and 125.1 respectively
  • Amos, Jackson’s competition for the starting safety job, also allowed a passer rating of 117.5 in 2015. He has allowed 5 TDs and recorded 0 INTs in his career.


  • crosseyedlemon

    You gotta love a GM who trades up for players that would fall to him anyway.

    • Proud Welshman

      And they knew he’d fall to them how? With the pick after the Bears drafted Jackson, the Chargers took a safety. The Chargers were the next team on the clock and had been strongly linked with Malik Hooker in round 1. Jackson has the cornerback foundation that could lead to him being a ball hawking safety at the next level and the Bears didn’t want to risk losing him to the Chargers.

  • Tim Edell

    The Bears have been trying to find a S ever since Mike Brown retired. Every year we continually draft S in the middle rounds to no avail. Last year we drafted Deion Bush from The U in the 4th and William Houston-Carson in the 6th.

  • Johnny Hatelak

    Another great value pick. Pace definitely understands the value game. With he and Demps and Deiondre’ Hall moving to S they now have 3 guys with great ball skills to get picks. Than you have Bush, Amos and HJQ as your box guys when you need to load up the LOS. Not just that but you have two guys in Jackson and Demps who are quarterback type S with high football IQ’s to line up the secondary well and put people in better position to get some picks and PD’s. Looks like S will finally be a strength for the Bears.