The Green Bay Packers selected Josh Jackson in the second round 2018 NFL Draft. Here’s all you need to know about Jackson, including our grade.
At 6-foot-1 and 192 pounds, Jackson has enough size to project as a physical corner. He should be able to pack on another 10 pounds and jam receivers at the line of scrimmage. He also was able to record eight interceptions last year at Iowa, showcasing the ability to turn the ball over. Running a 4.56 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine, Jackson has good speed.
When one watches film of Jackson, they see a player who plays with confidence. He breaks on routes and contests passes, forcing quarterbacks to make quick, accurate decisions.
The biggest issue might be the lack of top-end speed. As referenced above, the speed is adequate but against receivers who can really run, Jackson must open his hips and get moving in a hurry. It shouldn’t be too bad early on, but should he begin to lose half a step down the line, safety might be the place for him by his late 20s.
The other concern is that Jackson really came on in 2017 for the Hawkeyes, but didn’t do a ton prior. Is that because he’s more of a one-year wonder, or did Jackson figure out his game and turn a corner? Only time will tell.