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Pick #45 Josh Jackson, CB, Iowa
« on: April 27, 2018, 05:09:39 PM »
Talent Round 1

STRENGTHS
Josh is one of those long legged, long armed, ball hawking corners that has the potential to cover receivers like a blanket. He has good speed and quickness and his ability to leap like a kangaroo and snatch the ball out of the air will surprise a lot of quarterbacks who think they can throw the ball over the top of him when he is in zone coverage. Along with his excellent size Josh shows receiver like hands to catch the ball and this allows the team that selects him to use him on special teams as a returner. Josh has the football IQ to impact as a zone corner and also has the potential to become excellent cover corner in single coverage. He has quick hips and a smooth gate and good burst and the recovery speed that makes it very dangerous to throw any kind of pass to his side of the field. Josh has the potential to be a shut down corner that can blanket one side of the field for the team that selects him.


CONCERNS
Josh struggles right now against receivers who are physical with him. His footwork is poor on short routes because he is guessing instead of reading the receiver but in his defense, the longer the route the better coverage he has. When he plays in zone coverage’s he is excellent because of his ball hawking skills and solid tackling. He does struggle getting off blocks quickly, allowing himself to get tied up. He is quick to identify the run to his side but he will except a blocker rather than attack the blocker and this lack of aggressiveness will be magnified at the next level until corrected. Josh also is not physical enough to play the slot and seems to be surprised at smart receivers who use leverage against him to throw him off balance and defeat him at the line. All of these issues I believe, Josh will improve on and become one of the top corners from this draft class. His potential is unlimited with the natural playmaking skills most defensive backs wished they possessed.


BOTTOM LINE
Josh likes playing in zone coverage’s because he seems to understand what to do and is more relaxed and that’s when his athleticism comes through and his ball hawking skills shine. Because of those two reasons and the fact he is a solid tackler Josh could also shine as a free safety and this should make him very attractive to most teams in the NFL. Josh has the potential and the athleticism and the size to become an excellent cover corner and this potential to play any style of coverage at a high level makes Josh even more attractive for all 32 teams. Josh is not a finished product but he is a potential shut down, play making defensive back that just needs a little more time and coaching and repetitions to become a pro bowl defensive back. Those teams that play zone a lot, will rate Josh a little higher on their boards than the teams who use more man to man coverage’s but believe me every team will have Josh rated as an early pick in this draft because his potential to become the type of corner who can blanket one side of the field is outstanding. As soon as Josh stops trying to guess the route in single coverage and learns to read the receiver he will become the COMPLETE corner his talent suggests that he should become. Teams like the Panthers, Bills, Giants, Jets, Seahawks, 49ers and Broncos are just some of the teams I think will target Josh in this draft early.


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Re: Pick #45 Josh Jackson, CB, Iowa
« Reply #1 on: April 27, 2018, 05:23:45 PM »
He's a Marcus Peters clone without the baggage. Look for teams to test him and pay dearly.

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Re: Pick #45 Josh Jackson, CB, Iowa
« Reply #2 on: April 27, 2018, 06:53:48 PM »
While not exactly excited to see another CB taken early in another draft he could develop into a nice player.    The thing I like about him is he's a very different player from King or Alexander or even Williams and House.   He could develop into a FS like Malcolm Jenkins or a great zone corner.  Allows the team to adjust week-to-week coverage schemes

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Re: Pick #45 Josh Jackson, CB, Iowa
« Reply #3 on: April 28, 2018, 07:12:56 AM »
Jaire Alexander scores a 131.7 on SPARQ which scores athleticism, ranked him 8th out of 165 CB's measured from this draft. He was 5th of all CB's on the RAS scale with a 9.54.

Josh Jackson scores a 133.2 on SPARQ, ranked 6th of 165 CB's. On the RAS he scores 9.27 which is 10th of all CB's.

Two very athletic players added to the secondary.

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Re: Pick #45 Josh Jackson, CB, Iowa
« Reply #4 on: April 28, 2018, 07:22:45 AM »
All three of King, Alexander, and Jackson can play both zone and man coverage, and can play them well.

These three will become the new face of the GB secondary and will give Pettine great flexibility in the types of coverage he wants to employ and the ability to disguise coverage as well.

Jackson was a value pick last night that was too good to pass up.

I was hoping for an Edge player, but am not disappointed at all.

Burks gives them a true cover LB to help shutdown the middle of the field, as well, which has been a real achilles heel for this defense for the last several years.

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Re: Pick #45 Josh Jackson, CB, Iowa
« Reply #5 on: April 28, 2018, 08:38:44 AM »

Ourlads Pick Review


HT: 6003v |  WT: 196v |  40: 4.56v


There may not be a player in the entire class that did as much as Jackson did with only 14 career starts. After playing the nickel role in 2016, Jackson stepped in to the starting lineup this past fall in replacement of Desmond King who left for the NFL. In his 13 games, he led the nation with 8 interceptions and 26 passes defended. He was tested a lot and he passed with flying colors. Jackson carries the desired length for the position with a wiry frame that is fully capable of enough long speed and quick twitch movement underneath. The former wide receiver plays the ball exceptionally well. His production was no fluke, he breaks on the ball as if he were the target. He is very good at forecasting throws and reacting with fluidity. If the ball is anywhere near him, he is going to get his hands on it.
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Re: Pick #45 Josh Jackson, CB, Iowa
« Reply #6 on: April 28, 2018, 09:06:34 AM »

Bio:
First-year starter who was a unanimous First Team All-America selection and led the nation with eight interceptions as a junior, returning two for touchdowns while making 48 tackles and breaking up 18 passes. Combined to make 18 tackles with six pass breakups in his first two seasons with the Hawkeyes.


Pos:
Terrific cover corner who burst on the scene in 2017. Battles receivers from the snap of the ball, shows a quick transition off the line and stays on the receiver’s hip out of breaks. Plays with balance and body control, effectively tracks the ball in the air and shows terrific hands for the interception. Keeps the action in front of him, has a great burst to the ball and effectively times his pass defenses. Possesses nice length and athleticism.


Neg:
Late to react on occasion. Struggles making plays with his back to the ball. Not forceful on the blitz.


Analysis:
Jackson comes off a tremendous junior campaign and moves towards the draft as one of the higher-rated cornerbacks. He possesses the size and upside to develop into a starter at the next level but presently is most effective facing the action and must improve making plays with his back to the ball.


Projected Round 1



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