Round 1: Joshua Jackson, CB, Iowa
Despite addressing the cornerback position with their first pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, the Green Bay Packers still need more help and Joshua Jackson is their answer.
The 6-foot-1 defensive back has the size and length to excel at the next level. In his final season with the Iowa Hawkeyes, Jackson showed off his ballhawking abilities. He led the nation with eight interceptions, had 18 passes broken up, tied for third and compiled 48 tackles.
He was one of three finalists for the Jim Thorpe Award, given to the best defensive back in the nation.
Jackson caught the nation’s eye after the Hawkeyes upset the Ohio State Buckeyes 55-24 and recorded three interceptions in the victory.
His acrobatic one-handed interception against the Buckeyes still has people in awe.
The following week, Jackson intercepted two passes against the Wisconsin Badgers, both were returned for touchdowns.
Last season the Packers defense only recorded 11 interceptions, 20th in the league. Jackson would provide a boost to the entire unit and they could certainly use his ball skills.
At the same time, it has been noted that one of Jackson’s weaknesses is he is overaggressive, which could become costly in the NFL.
Jackson is an exciting prospect and many draft analysts believe he is the top corner in the 2018 NFL Draft.