Another early-round pick with something to prove this year is Josh Jackson. Selected in the second round of the 2018 NFL Draft by the Packers, Jackson has struggled in his first two seasons.
His snap counts went from 68 percent in 2018 to just 10 percent last season, according to Pro Football Reference. The completion percentage allowed in his coverage went from 62.5 percent in his rookie season to 85.7 percent last year. He also allowed a passer rating of 143.7. Jackson also didn’t have a single pass defense.
Jackson does have a big opportunity in front of him. With Tramon Williams not re-signed, there are a lot of snaps to be distributed between the young cornerbacks on the roster. Jackson will compete with Chandon Sullivan, who could be the top choice to replace Williams in the slot. There will also be competition from second-year Ka’dar Hollman and undrafted rookie Stanford Samuels.
It’s also possible Jackson could move to safety with Darnell Savage spending some time at slot corner. Last season, Jackson couldn’t get on the field and he’ll need to perform well when he gets an opportunity this season.
This could be a make-or-break season for the 45th overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. He’ll be aiming to prove he deserves more playing time in 2020.