Packers: 5 first-round options in 2018 NFL Draft

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Joshua Jackson, CB, Iowa

Cornerback is arguably the Packers’ biggest need this offseason. While Kevin King flashed potential as a rookie and Damarious Randall made some key improvements in the second half of 2017, the team still has to add more talent to the secondary.

As noted by Zach Kruse of Packers Wire, Green Bay was the worst defense against No. 1 receivers this past season. If that continues, reaching the Super Bowl becomes a tall order. Navigating through the playoffs, and inevitably playing against elite receivers, is difficult without the corners to hold their own.

Enter Josh Jackson.

One of the draft’s premier cornerbacks, Jackson has been a popular choice to Green Bay in mock drafts. And for good reason. The Iowa product has the potential to become a No. 1 corner in the NFL, something the Packers defense is crying out for.

The 6-foot-1 cornerback sits at No. 18 in draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah’s top 50 rankings. Jeremiah believes Jackson can make an impact from Day 1 in the NFL, and noted that his “combination of size and ball skills is outstanding”.

Jackson is one of the highest-rated cornerbacks in this year’s draft class. If the Packers look to upgrade their secondary on the draft’s opening day, Jackson could be the answer.