Ravens draft return specialist in fifth round


(Credits: Cal Poly Athletics)

With their one and only pick in the fifth round of the NFL Draft on Saturday afternoon, the Baltimore Ravens selected Asa Jackson, a cornerback from Cal Poly who can also returns kickoffs.

The 5-foot-11, 191-pound Jackson picked off eight passes in four seasons at Cal-Poly. More importantly, he could be the fit the Ravens have been looking for in their return game, which struggled to say the least last season. As a senior in 2011, Jackson averaged 25.1 yards per kickoff return and 14.7 yards per punt return.

According to Jackson”s combine profile on NFL.com
, he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.5 seconds.

He was selected to the Associated Press Football Championship Subdivision All-American third team, becoming the first Mustang to be honored by the AP in three years. Jackson was also named r last season.

Jackson was chosen 169th overall with one of the Ravens” two compensatory picks, the first of which was used to select safety Christian Thompson in the fourth round.

The Ravens, who originally had two fifth-round picks, traded one of them to the Atlanta Falcons to move up in the third round and grab Temple running back Bernard Pierce.