4. CB Josh Jackson, Iowa
All of a sudden, the former wide receiver went from being a little-used part of the defensive puzzle to one of the nation’s best cover-corners with 48 tackles and eight picks – taking two back for scores against Wisconsin.
At 6-1 and 192 pounds, he’s got decent size, is ultra-quick, and he’s got the hands to make teams pay for throwing his way. But for good and for bad, he’s still learning what to do.
He’ll tackle, but he’s not going to be most physical corner. Forget about him as a safety, but that’s not why you’re taking him.
The coaches love him, he’ll always do the little things needed to get better, and there’s absolutely no concern about whether or not he’ll put in the work and the effort to fine-tune his craft.
But give it a little bit.
It’s going to take a wee bit for him to get everything down – he’s still a little raw considering he didn’t play all that much for the Hawkeyes – but the upside is enormous as a top 50 pick.