After a wild day one of the draft, day two still saw plenty of first round worthy prospects, with the Packers in a fine position to capitalize. As the beginning of round two went so did Will Hernandez, Courtland Sutton, and yes sadly, Harold Landry (thanks to a sneaky trade from the Titans). One of those top prospects remained…
With the legendary, now Hall of Famer, Jerry Kramer announcing; the Packers took Josh Jackson, Cornerback from Iowa.
Josh Jackson is one of the best coverage corners in the draft and he led college football with eight interceptions. Two of those were pick-sixes against Wisconsin. He also allowed a 41.3 completion percentage while successfully defending 18 passes. He has great quickness and ball skills while backing up those abilities with the stats, especially in big games.
In an interview with NFL Network after he was drafted, Jackson stated that he felt he’s versatile enough to play anywhere in the secondary. That’s good because he’s an absolute ball-hawk and that can be dangerous for a guy who can play anywhere. No matter what he somehow gets interceptions, he can create his own fortune and has top-notch instincts. What the Packers have been lacking since that great Super Bowl defense was their ability to create turnovers and with Pettine’s defense of putting corners on islands, that can play up to Jackson’s strengths. Lastly, scouts and coaches loved him for his positive attitude and strong work ethic. With a young defense that has a new system and coordinator, players like that are needed especially if they are rookies. He’ll work hard and take the time to learn.
Jackson’s biggest concern was his playing experience as he only had 14 career starts, with many flagging him as a “one-year wonder.” He’s quick but he didn’t run a 40-yard dash scouts expected (4.56). He also isn’t a great tackler sometimes being brushed off by ball-carriers.
Fit on the Packers:
Josh Jackson is not an immediate starter but with the secondary being so young and Mike Pettine knowing how to develop young corners, he could see playing time in his rookie season. He is best to begin sitting under the learning tree of Tramon Williams along with his young cohorts, Kevin King and Jaire Alexander. The long-term plan is for those three, along with Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix and Josh Jones, to dominate the opposing team’s passing game until the end of time. His quickness and ball skills to create plays and get crucial turnovers in big games. With the right development and time he will be integral part in the Packers reborn defense.