With Their Pick In Round 2 GB Selects Josh Jackson CB Iowa

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Hawk Items - - Led nation with eight interceptions . . . eight interceptions ties school single-season record (Desmond King, 2015, Lou King, 1981, Nile Kinnick, 1939) . . . had two interception returns for touchdowns (43, 52) at Wisconsin . . . only player in conference history with two scoring returns in a Big Ten game . . . two returns tied school single-game and season records . . . tied single game school record with three pass interceptions vs. Ohio State . . . also led the nation in passes defended (26), ranked second in interception return yards (168), and tied for second in touchdowns (2) . . . tied for fourth nationally in pass break-ups (18) . . . six total turnovers in consecutive games vs. Ohio State and Wisconsin, including five interceptions and one forced fumble . . . moved from defensive back to wide receiver during 2015 spring practice, before returning to defense in the fall.
2017 Honors - - Unanimous Consensus First Team All-America . . . first team All-America by AFCA, Associated Press, FWAA, Sporting News, Walter Camp, College Sports Madness, CollegeFootballNews.com, ESPN.com, SBNation.com, USA Today, and Phil Steele . . . Permanent Team Captain, defense . . . Hayden Fry Award, defense . . . named Big Ten Conference Tatum-Woodson Defensive Back of the Year . . . first team All-Big Ten by league coaches and media . . . recipient of 2017 Jack Tatum Award, presented by Touchdown Club of Columbus . . . one of three finalists for 2017 Jim Thorpe Award . . . named Big Ten Conference co-Defensive Player of the Week vs. Wisconsin and Ohio State . . . named National Defensive Player of the Week vs. Ohio State by the Walter Camp Football Foundation and Chuck Bednarik Award . . . semifinalist for the Chuck Bednarik Award . . . 2017 - - Started at cornerback in all 13 games . . . recorded 48 tackles, including 34 solo stops and 14 assists . . . collected eight interceptions, 168 return yards, and two touchdowns . . . also had 18 pass break-ups, one forced fumble and one blocked field goal . . . averaged 7.2 yards on five punt returns . . . started at cornerback in 24-3 win as defense allowed just 233 yards total offense . . . recorded career-best five tackles vs. Wyoming, including three solo stops . . . also had first career interception and 41 yard return and one pass break-up . . . started at cornerback in 44-41 OT win at Iowa State . . . set career-high for second straight week at Iowa State with six tackles, including four solo stops and two assists, along with a shared tackle for loss and three pass break-ups . . . also added one punt return for four yards . . . started at cornerback in 31-14 win over North Texas . . . recorded three solo tackles vs. North Texas, along with one interception, two pass break-ups and a blocked field goal . . . also added one punt return for 17 yards . . . started at cornerback in 21-19 loss to #4 Penn State . . . five tackles vs. Penn State, including three solo stops and two assists, to go with one pass break-up . . . also had one punt return for four yards . . . started at cornerback in 17-10 loss at Michigan State, recording two solo tackles and one pass break-up . . . started at cornerback in 45-16 win over Illinois . . . recorded five tackles vs. Illinois, including three solo stops and two assists . . . also had two punt returns for 11 yards . . . started at defensive back in 17-10 OT loss at Northwestern . . . four solo tackles and three pass break-ups . . . started at defensive back in 17-10 win over Minnesota as defense allowed just 281 yards total offense . . . four pass break-ups and three tackles in win over Minnesota . . . started at cornerback in 55-24 win over #3 Ohio State . . . matched single game school record with three interceptions vs. Ohio State, with 22 return yards . . . also had three solo tackles . . . started at cornerback in 38-14 loss at #6 Wisconsin . . . two interception returns at Wisconsin, returning both for touchdowns (43 and 52 yards) . . . also had one forced fumble (recovered by Iowa), one pass break-up and three total tackles . . . started at cornerback in 24-15 loss to Purdue . . . four tackles vs. Purdue, including three solo stops and one assist, to go with one pass break-up . . . started at cornerback in 56-14 win at Nebraska as defense allowed 67 rushing yards and just 267 yards total offense . . . four tackles at Nebraska, including two solo stops and two assists, to go with one pass break-up . . . started at cornerback in 27-20 Pinstripe Bowl win over Boston College as defense allowed just 21 net rushing yards and 102 yards total offense in second half . . . one solo tackle vs. Boston College, along with interception in fourth quarter after Iowa had taken the lead to tie single-season record.
2016 - - Saw action in 12 games, with one start at cornerback . . . recorded 10 solo tackles, with one tackle for loss, along with four pass break-ups . . . saw action in 45-21 win over Miami, recording one solo tackle . . . saw action in 42-3 win over Iowa State, recording one solo tackle as defense allowed just 291 yards total offense . . . did not see action in 23-21 loss to North Dakota State . . . saw action in 14-7 win at Rutgers, but had no statistics as defense allowed just one touchdown . . . saw action in 38-31 loss to Northwestern, recording one pass break-up . . . saw action in 14-7 win at Minnesota, recording one solo tackle as defense allowed just 102 net rushing yards and 268 yards total offense . . . saw action in 49-35 win at Purdue, recording one solo tackle and one pass break-up as defense allowed just 47 net rushing yards . . . saw action in 17-9 loss to #10 Wisconsin, but had no statistics . . . saw action in 41-14 loss at #12 Penn State, recording one solo tackle . . . saw action in 14-13 win over #2 Michigan, but had no statistics as defense allowed just 201 yards total offense . . . saw action in 28-0 win at Illinois, but had no statistics as defense allowed just 61 net rushing yards and 198 yards total offense . . . saw action in 40-10 win over #15 Nebraska, as defense allowed just 90 net rushing yards and 217 yards total offense . . . forced into fulltime action vs. Nebraska due to injuries and responded by matching career-high with two solo tackles and a career-best two pass break-ups . . . started at cornerback in 30-3 Outback Bowl loss to #17 Florida . . . career-best three solo tackles vs. Florida, including one tackle for loss.
2015 - - Saw action in all 14 games, recording eight tackles and two pass break-ups . . . saw first action of career in 31-14 win over Illinois State, recording one solo tackle as defense allowed 35 net rushing yards and 231 yards total offense . . . saw action in 31-17 win at Iowa State, recording career-best two solo tackles as defense allowed no points and just 66 yards total offense in the second half . . . saw action in 27-24 win over Pitt, but had no statistics as defense allowed just 55 net rushing yards and 282 yards total offense . . . saw action in 62-16 win over North Texas, recording one solo tackle and one pass break-up . . . saw action in 10-6 win at Wisconsin, but had no statistics as defense allowed no touchdowns and just 320 yards total offense . . . saw action in 29-20 win over Illinois, recording one solo tackle as defense allowed just 46 net rushing yards . . . saw action in 40-10 win at Northwestern, recording one pass break-up as defense allowed just 51 net rushing yards and 198 yards total offense . . . saw action in 31-15 win over Maryland, recording one solo tackle . . . saw action in 35-27 win at Indiana, but had no statistics . . . saw action in 40-35 win over Minnesota, but had no statistics . . . saw action in 40-20 win over Purdue, recording one solo tackle . . . saw action in 28-20 win at Nebraska, but had no statistics . . . saw action in 16-13 loss to Michigan State, recording one solo tackle . . . saw action in 45-16 Rose Bowl loss to Stanford, but had no statistics.
2014 - - Redshirted.
High school honors - - Earned all-district honors . . . Career - - Team captain as a senior while playing both wide receiver and defensive back . . . helped team reach second round of state playoffs as a junior . . . as a senior receiver collected 24 receptions for 485 yards and nine touchdowns . . . also participated in basketball and track, qualifying for state track meet in the triple jump as a junior.
Personal - - Born 4/03/96 . . . physical therapy major . . . parents are Vanessa and Paul Jackson . . . high school coach was Michael Young.

 

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A little worried about the lack of speed but he clearly has some ball skills. Seems he'll need some coaching if they want him to play press coverage. I've not been his biggest fan leading up to the draft. Hope he works out. Somebody compared him to Mycah Hyde and the physical comparison is eerily similar. Same height, same weight, same 40-time, similar broad jump. Jackson had a better vertical and short shuttle, but was slower in the 3-cone.

From Walterfootball:
Green Bay Packers: Joshua Jackson, CB, Iowa A+ Grade
Holy hell, I forgot Joshua Jackson was still available. How in the world did he fall this far? Jackson is a player who could've gone No. 14 overall to the Packers, and I would've been fine with it. Some people whose opinion I respect think Jackson should've been in the conversation as the top cornerback in this entire class. Jackson is tall and instinctive and in the mold of Aqib Talib, and he should be an instant upgrade in Green Bay's atrocious secondary.
 

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A little worried about the lack of speed but he clearly has some ball skills. Seems he'll need some coaching if they want him to play press coverage. I've not been his biggest fan leading up to the draft. Hope he works out. Somebody compared him to Mycah Hyde and the physical comparison is eerily similar. Same height, same weight, same 40-time, similar broad jump. Jackson had a better vertical and short shuttle, but was slower in the 3-cone.

From Walterfootball:
Green Bay Packers: Joshua Jackson, CB, Iowa A+ Grade
Holy hell, I forgot Joshua Jackson was still available. How in the world did he fall this far? Jackson is a player who could've gone No. 14 overall to the Packers, and I would've been fine with it. Some people whose opinion I respect think Jackson should've been in the conversation as the top cornerback in this entire class. Jackson is tall and instinctive and in the mold of Aqib Talib, and he should be an instant upgrade in Green Bay's atrocious secondary.
He fell because he's a lean CB that played in a scheme where press doesn't mean jam... that's a concern but it's fixable. He's a hawk.. but when he misses he misses big time. I think you put some muscle on him and let him work on jams all through camp you might be ok. As with Jaire time will tell.
 

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I don't mind this one as much as Alexander. Good value for the spot in second. Concerning it won't be till round four that we address the many other holes. But this was a solid pick for the spot.

He has some issues but the potential is there.
 

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Combine said he was 6-1, under 200#, and did 4.56 in the 40. If he puts on 10#, and gets stronger, how will it effect his speed?

Personally, I believe he's a good choice where we got him. He could have been a first round pick. He knows how to cover people, but needs to be out in front of them because he doesn't have catch-up speed.

He may end up being game ready before Alexander, to be honest. A friend of mine, who scouted him to see what he'd do against them in college said that he was quick study, and rarely makes the same mistake twice. That's good. In GB, it's necessity.
 

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Fantastic value. Preferred Landry, but Josh is the definition of a ballhawk.
 

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Big 10 network was playing the condensed version of the Ohio State-Iowa game last night, so I thought it would be cool to take a look at our new draft pick. I know this is not exactly a hot take, but wow, Iowa does not use their corners the way GB uses its corners! They were playing well off the receivers. Don't get me wrong, Jackson made a number of really great plays on the ball, but that's not how GB has played corner in a long time right? It looked more like what those old Tampa teams used to do, or I've even seen Pittsburgh play that way really well when protecting a lead. Maybe they can change him but why would you want to? If a guy has off the charts instincts and ball skills in off or zone coverage, just let him do that... right?

Side note, there was one Ohio State corner that I thought was really impressive playing the way GB typically plays. I assumed it was Ward but I think it was actually #3, who I looked up and he's a guy named Damon Arnette. He'd line up feet square to the WR and bam! shoot his arm out and jam the receivers, and seemed quick enough to keep up with them when they got into their routes. I don't know anything else about him so maybe it's one game in a bubble.
 

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Arnette will be a junior this year I believe. He may come out for the draft. I think he's kind of a mid-round type guy but if he has a break-out year and tests well, he may move up some.
 
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