5. Josh Jackson, CB, Iowa
Josh Jackson is a rangy corner who excels in zone coverage. He had the most interceptions in the NCAA last season with eight, thanks in part to his background at wide receiver. Jackson has incredible ball tracking ability, with soft hands to complement.
Jaire Alexander would ideally cover the slot receiver, with Jackson and Kevin King on the outside. Jackson would give the Packers a solid second option behind King, who should take a big step forward in year two. At 6 foot, 192 lbs, Jackson has the size to line up with any team’s No. 2 receiver.
Jackson may have slipped in the draft due to a poor combine and perceived lack of athleticism. He’s also only played cornerback for roughly two years. However, his upside is tremendous and his tape speaks for itself.
With the Packers selecting Alexander at No. 18, this pick remains less likely. But Jackson is one of the best players available, and you can never have enough good corners.