Don't blink: Donte Jackson brings speed to Panthers' secondary

Donte Jackson

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

Carolina traded one of its two third-round picks to the Green Bay on Friday.

Carolina has already addressed several big needs in this draft class (wide receiver, defensive back and tight end in particular).

The Carolina Panthers are expected to turn their attention to the defensive side of the ball on day two of the National Football League draft. With newcomers Torrey Smith and Jarius Wright joining Damiere Byrd and Russell Shepard on the roster, a team that was forced to start former practice squad players in their first-round playoff loss to the Saints will likely not encounter that problem this season. In no game was Jackson more notable than LSU's upset over the SEC West champion Auburn Tigers, as Jackson batted away 4 passes in the fourth quarter, including three on consecutive plays, to shut down Auburn's offense and lead the Bayou Bengals to victory.

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In his three years at LSU, Jackson showed more than just athleticism.

The Panthers selected defensive tackle Kendrick Norton with their last pick in the seventh round, 242nd overall, out of the University of Miami. I don't think a lot of guys can honestly say that. He finished the season with 49 tackles with one sack, one interception and 10 passes defensed.

Josh Klein is Managing Editor of The Riot Report.

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