VFL Theo Jackson is officially heading back home. On Saturday afternoon, Jackson was selected by the Tennessee Titans with the 204th overall pick in the sixth round of the 2022 NFL Draft.
Jackson was selected with the 26th pick of the round, just five selections following teammate Cade Mays.
Dreams to reality! @theo_jackson05 No. 204 pick in 2022 draft
— Tennessee Football (@Vol_Football) April 30, 2022
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With the selection, Jackson becomes Tennessee’s fifth player taken in the 2022 draft. To put things into perspective, Tennessee’s five selections this year are the most the Vols have had since they sent six players to the league back in 2017.
In addition to Jackson, the Saints took Alontae Taylor in the second round, the Bears took Velus Jones Jr in the third, Matthew Butler was selected by the Raiders in the fifth, and Cade Mays was taken by Carolina in the sixth.
Jackson was on the outside looking in for most of mock draft season. In the mock draft round-up from Rocky Top Insider last week, Jackson was not on any of the three mock drafts that were looked at. However, after putting on a show in his final season in Knoxville, the Titans certainly took notice.
During his five-year career at Tennessee, Jackson finished with 190 total tackles – 107 solo and 83 assisted. In addition, Jackson also tallied three interceptions during his career, with his first touchdown coming this past season. While the stats might not spotlight this trait, Jackson’s versatility is one of his biggest strengths. Jackson locked down the STAR defensive back position for Tennessee last season.
Former Tennessee DB Theo Jackson is the Titans’ seventh pick of the draft following WR Treylon Burks, CB Roger McCreary, OT Nicholas Petit-Frere, QB Malik Willis, RB Hassan Haskins, TE Chigoziem Okonkwo, and WR Kyle Phillips. The Titans closed out the draft with ILB Chance Campbell in the 7th round.
— Tennessee Titans (@Titans) April 30, 2022