Iowa is sending another defensive back to the NFL.
In an unsurprising decision, Josh Jackson announced his decision to forego his senior season this morning on his Instagram:
Jackson is just another on the short list (but it’s getting longer!) of defensive backs that will be making serious plays on Sundays. First it was Bob Sanders and Tyler Sash, then Micah Hyde. This year Desmond King has emerged as a playmaker for a LA Chargers team; he’ll be a serious weapon for some time.
And now Josh Jackson, a Thorpe Award finalist and unanimous all-American will get his chance to make serious money playing football.
As of this writing, Jackson is the nation’s leader in interceptions with 8 takeaways — 2 of which were returned for touchdowns.
At 6-1 and 192 lbs, Jackson has all the measurables for an NFL cornerback — something that likely knocked the aforementioned King out of the early rounds of the draft. A big drop won’t be likely for Jackson, however. Jackson is projected to go in the first round of many mock drafts, and is predicted to be the first corner taken in some mockups.
Jackson’s real coming out party came on the national stage against Ohio State this year. During Iowa’s 55-24 bloodletting of the Buckeyes, Jackson had 3 interceptions, one of which made the weekend’s top plays on Sports Center.
Jackson played sparingly as a freshman in 2015, and was overshadowed by Desmond King (and injury) in 2016. This year was his true coming out party, and he’s wise to capitalize on his high stock at this time.
So best of luck to Mr. Jackson. He’s on track to graduate anyway in May, so this makes the most sense. Any wishes for him to stick around for another year in Iowa City would be purely selfish.
We look forward to watching him play on Sundays.