Round 2, Pick No. 45: Joshua Jackson, CB, Iowa
This pick might be the biggest reach of the mock, as Joshua Jackson is mentioned with the Packers pick in the first round. However, both Mel Kiper and Todd McShay have him going to the Minnesota Vikings at No. 30 in their mock draft so what’s another 15 spots?
Jackson is a playmaking machine as evidenced by his eight interceptions and 18 pass breakups last season at Iowa. Those numbers are simply amazing, especially for a guy who barely played his first two seasons in school.
That playmaking ability is also exactly what the Packers need in their secondary. They haven’t had a game-changer back there since the days of Charles Woodson and Tramon Williams (a much younger version than the one who re-signed with the team this offseason).
The downfall of Jackson, and the part I’m banking on to scare other teams away in this mock, his is lack of sustained success in college. He only had one season where he saw the field for any meaningful playing time and that might keep some teams away.
Although I don’t advocate for him in the first round, he’d be a heck of a steal at No. 45-funny how that works. But, just like that, the Packers have added a pass-rusher and a corner with their first two picks.