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3 things to know about cornerback Dane Jackson

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The Bills drafted cornerback Dane Jackson from Pitt in the seventh round with the 239th pick.

Jackson started 41 of 50 games in his four-year career at Pitt. Jackson, 23, is 6-0, 190 pounds and a native of Coraopolis, PA.

1. KNOWN AS A STEADY PLAYER

Jackson had just one interception last year, and none in his junior year. Yet he always seems to be around the ball. He finished with 12 pass breakups last year and was second team All-ACC. He was consistent and reliable for the Panthers, starting every game in the last three years. 

NFL Network Analyst Daniel Jeremiah described Jackson as efficient.

"I thought he was very quick and efficient in his movement," Jeremiah said Saturday after Jackson was drafted. Jeremiah says Jackson bolstered his draft status with a solid week at the Senior Bowl.

Jackson told his hometown newspaper, the Beaver County Times he's ready to step up to NFL Football.

"I'm confident in my abilities," he said. "I'm just ready to go out there and show the world. That's my goal. All I'm looking for is an opportunity."

2. WATCH THE HANDS!

Some draft analysts worry that Jackson may struggle keeping his hands off NFL receivers in coverage. NFL.com's draft analysis says at Pitt he took advantage of lenient officiating toward 'grabby' coverage. He may not get away with grabbing in the NFL. 

Expect defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier and his defensive staff to get the most out of Jackson's physical play once he gets to Western New York.

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3. A WESTERN PA STANDOUT IN TWO SPORTS

The Bills selectio of Jackson ensured that for the 26th consecutive year, the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association has a player drafted by the NFL.

And Jackson was a high school basketball star at Cornell High School as well as football (at Quaker Valley). He won All-State honors in basketball averaging 28-points per game in his senior year. The highlight was his 51-point explosion in one game.

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