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LSU’s Donte Jackson ‘very confident’ he is going to show he is fastest man at combine

Donte Jackson at NFL Scouting Combine
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LSU cornerback Donte Jackson said Sunday that he is ready to show he’s the fastest player in the draft. In fact, he says he’s ready to show he’s the fastest player in NFL Scouting Combine history.

Washington wide receiver John Ross ran a 4.22 40 at last year’s combine to set the official record, and Jackson — who runs Monday on the final day of the combine — thinks he can do better.

“I’m going to get out of the bed, and I’m going to be ready to run and go beat it,” Jackson said during a Sunday news conference at the combine. “I’m very confident. I don’t feel any pressure to run fast. I’ve been running fast my whole life.”

Jackson was a two-time Louisiana state champion in the 100- and 200-meter dashes in high school, and he ran sprints and relays for LSU’s nationally ranked track teams.

Ross’ time beat the 4.24 set by East Carolina running back Chris Johnson in 2008.

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The fastest 40 time at this year’s combine so far is the 4.34 turned in by LSU wide receiver D.J. Chark. Jackson was asked if that time would hold up.

“A 4.34? Nah, I can run that without stretching,” he answered.

Jackson, who is from the New Orleans area, started 25 games in his three-year LSU career; he was a key reserve as a true freshman, then started in 2016 and ’17. Jackson, who played a lot of nickelback at LSU, had four interceptions and 20 pass breakups in his career.

Jackson is aiming to become the sixth LSU defensive back taken in the first round in the past eight drafts; the school had two first-round DBs last year in safety Jamal Adams and cornerback Tre’Davious White.

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