[size=13.3333px]Safety Eddie Jackson was the last of the 10 Alabama players selected in the 2017 NFL Draft. He won't be the last to start an NFL game.
[size=13.3333px]Jackson joined the Chicago Bears in the fourth round on April 29. He's scheduled to start at safety when they open the 2017 season on Sunday.
[size=13.3333px]"For any rookie to come in and earn a starting position regardless of position, it speaks to that -- how hard they work," Chicago coach John Fox said. "Eddie has got a good background and has a good football IQ. And that's what enables guys to come in and learn and grasp and execute under pressure.", what their football acumen is and how fast they adjust
[size=13.3333px]Fox said Jackson got something of a head start on the rest of the Bears' rookies by playing at Alabama.
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[size=13.3333px]Jackson's final season at Alabama ended early when he suffered a broken leg on Oct. 22 while returning a punt against Texas A&M. The injury suppressed his draft status and dropped him to Pick No. 112.
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