Packers 2018 Draft: First-round predictions from Lombardi Ave staff

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Joe D’Aloisio: Packers select Josh Jackson, CB, Iowa

Similarly to last season, defense is the Packers number one priority in this year’s draft. When free agency began, many thought the Packers would make a splash and add a top-tier corner like Malcolm Butler or Trumaine Johnson. Instead, they added other playmakers like Muhammad Wilkerson and Jimmy Graham.

Josh Jackson led the nation with eight interceptions, broke up 18 passes and compiled 48 tackles in his final year at Iowa. He was also named 2017 consensus All-American. 

He was one of three finalists for the Jim Thorpe Award, given to the best defensive back in the nation. 

Drafting Jackson will help fill the void at the position. He posses the size, ball-hawking ability and athleticism that the Packers secondary lacks. 

Green Bay allowed 7.9 yards per pass last season, 30th in the NFL. They recorded only 11 interceptions, their lowest total since 2013. Jackson would help boost these numbers and be an important part of the Packers future.

Jackson will have a chance to make an immediate impact on a depth chart that lacks star power. He’ll have a chance to battle with last year’s second-round pick Kevin King, who struggled with injuries last season. 

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