The secondary in Green Bay just got a big upgrade.
Josh Jackson is going to the Packers, who have had pretty good luck with Iowa players in the past. Bryan Bulaga, Mike Daniels and Micah Hyde come to mind.
Jackson wasn’t on any big boards going into the season, playing in Desmond King’s shadow a year ago, but he made a name for himself quickly after picking off Josh Allen in the first game of the season.
Then, well, the Ohio State game happened.
He followed up a three-pick performance against the Buckeyes with a two-interception outing against Wisconsin, and his name was on the mind and tongue of draftniks everywhere.
Jackson was a finalist for the Thorpe Award this past season (and should have won) and is a consensus all-American. He led all FBS defensive backs with 8 picks last season, two of which were returned for touchdowns.
According to Pro Football Focus, Jackson allowed an NFL passer rating of 36.5 on passes thrown into his coverage last season, which is a lower rating than a quarterback would have if he simply dropped back and threw each pass straight into the ground (that would be a rating of 39.6). He was also outstanding covering just about every different sort of route.
You could say PFF LOVES JJ:
Josh Jackson enters the NFL draft as our No. 1 CBhttps://t.co/8ONhdjHbC8 pic.twitter.com/s92VOSBvIL— PFF Draft (@PFF_College) April 25, 2018
Josh Jackson delivered the best season we've seen from a cornerback in four years of grading college football in 2017! pic.twitter.com/ewcKgJ7sin— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) April 21, 2018
Josh Jackson did not allow more than 18 yards after the catch in a single game last year pic.twitter.com/En7UbHfRzu— PFF Draft (@PFF_College) April 21, 2018
Jackson returned to his hometown of Dallas to his name called this week. This is a special moment for him. Best of luck to Jackson and the Green Bay as they begin their relationship on the field.