While he was in the discussion to be one of the first cornerbacks off the board, Iowa Hawkeyes defensive back Josh Jackson will have to wait until Friday to hear his name called. At best, Jackson will be the sixth defensive back taken in the draft.
The one spot many thought Jackson would be going to would be the Green Bay Packers, originally picking at No. 14. Green Bay’s secondary is largely terrible outside of safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. However, the Packers move around a bit in two trades to end up taking Louisville Cardinals cornerback Jaire Alexander at No. 18.
Jackson might have had the greatest interception of the 2017 NCAA season for the Hawkeyes. His end-zone one-handed snag against the heavily favored Ohio State Buckeyes looked like something Odell Beckham Jr. would do as a defensive back. However, that play alone wasn’t enough to get Jackson into the first round.
Thursday night was a rough day for Iowa football, as both Jackson and center James Daniels didn’t hear their names called. Jackson might have been a tad overrated as a potential first-round pick. However, his ball skills and playmaking ability should have him as one of the first players to be selected on Friday night in day two of the NFL Draft in Arlington.