Could Josh Jackson be on his way to the Green Bay Packers? The latest NFL Spin Zone mock draft says yes.
Assuming Ohio State’s Denzel Ward is long gone by the time the Green Bay Packers hit the clock next week, Jackson could be the top cornerback remaining.
In Dylan Huberman’s appropriately named “Hubermock” over at NFL Spin Zone, he has the Packers selecting Jackson on the draft’s opening night. You can find the full mock draft here.
Here is what Huberman had to say about the selection:
"“After trading away Damarious Randall to the Cleveland Browns earlier this offseason, Green Bay needs a corner to replace him. Enter the best cornerback remaining on the board, Josh Jackson.Minkah Fitzpatrick and Denzel Ward will be off the board by this point but if one of them makes it this far down, they’ll go here before Jackson.”"
And the result of this mock could become a reality a week from now.
Draft analyst Tony Pauline reported that the Packers are likely to draft either Jackson or safety Minkah Fitzpatrick if Ward is gone at No. 14. Pauline is someone worth listening to this time of year, especially when it relates to the Packers.
Assuming new general manager Brian Gutekunst isn’t willing to trade up for Ward, it’s unlikely the draft’s top cornerback will still be available by the time Green Bay makes its first selection.
It’s going to be interesting to see how Gutekunst addresses not only the cornerback position, but the team’s desperate need at edge rusher. This isn’t a deep class for top pass rushers, so using the first pick on a corner could make it difficult later on.
But if Jackson is the best player left on the board at No. 14, which is very possible, it would make perfect sense to pick him, addressing a need in the process.
What are your thoughts on Jackson? Do you think he would be a good fit in Mike Pettine’s defense? If not, who are you hoping for in the first round?